Angola’s central highland forests endangered

13 March 2014

The forests of Cuima, Bunjei and Alto Chiumbo in Angola’s Huambo and Huíla provinces may disappear within seven or eight years if the unsustainable pace of exploitation continues, indicates the official Forest Management Plan study.

Burn-offs and logging for firewood and home construction have in the last two-and-a-half years reduced forest areas in Angola’s central highlands by 22 percent, indicates the study presented on Wednesday in Luanda.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Afonso Pedro Canga, said at the presentation ceremony that the situation was “worrisome”. He announced that a campaign to plant a million trees per year in Huambo province would begin on World Forest Day this coming 23 March.

The Agriculture Ministry’s study was conducted from 2010 to 2012 to evaluate the current situation and conceive an action plan to prevent burn-offs and control unsustainable wood removal in forest preserves.

The study of forest inventory in the central highlands began in 2010; the results were updated in 2012. (macauhub)