Mozambique still has 29,000 square kilometres of virgin forest

30 July 2013

Mozambique still has 29,000 square kilometres of virgin forest and the unbridled exploration of forest resources will not affect the survival of forest species, said the national director for Land and Forests said in Inhassoro.

Simão Joaquim also said that the presence of many foreign companies in Mozambique, in what can be considered unbridled exploration of wood for export, is as yet not a risk to the survival of the forests.

However, the official called on sector players to keep to standards and regulations set out for the forestry business, according to daily newspaper Notícias.

Precisely because standards and regulations have not been respected, said Joaquim, 33 national and foreign forestry operators, had their exploration licenses cancelled for this season and another 44 were issued warnings due to many irregularities, including chopping down trees in restricted areas, illegal transport and felling in the off season.

Most of the operators that were sanctioned were working in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambézia and Sofala and four of them have been banned from working in Mozambique for repeat offences.

Joaquim added that that log or plank exports to the Asian and European markets is being carried out in line with current legislation, and a number of activities are underway with a view to improving the legal framework for this business area. (macauhub)