Four Angolan provinces to finish forest inventory in March

11 January 2013

Benguela, Huambo, Cuanza Norte and Cuanza Sul will be the first four provinces to finish, by March 20th, Angola’s first forest inventory since the Portuguese colonisation period, says Mateus André, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

André, a forestry engineer and coordinator of the first National Forest Inventory, told the Jornal de Angola newspaper that fieldwork was 95 percent complete in those four provinces and that the information gathered was being entered in the central database in Luanda.

Work on the inventory began in 2008. The aim is to ascertain Angola’s potential in terms of forest resources, specifically flora and fauna, and their geographic location.

The fieldwork had been interrupted since late July by elections and the rainy season and was meant to resume last September, but ended up being postponed to this coming February, André said.

In Namibe, Bengo and Bié data collection is from 50 to 80 percent complete, while in Lunda Sul and Moxico it is 30 percent complete. In Cabinda, Zaire and Huíla only about 10 percent of the fieldwork has been carried out.

Work on the forest inventory has yet to begin in the provinces of Cuando-Cubango, Cunene, Uíge, Malange, Lunda Norte and Luanda.

Plans call for the first National Forest Inventory to be finished in 2014. The work is budgeted at more than 100 million kwanzas (US$1 million), 30 percent financed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Besides information on flora and fauna, the fieldwork also gathers biophysical, socio-economic and environmental data. (macauhub)