Government of Angola wants to regulate forest resources

21 August 2015

Approval of the draft Forests Act will regulate exploration of forest resources in Angola, said Wednesday, in the municipality of Icolo and Bengo, the State Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry Affairs, André de Jesus Moda.

At the end of the opening ceremony of the methodological seminar on management, forest licensing, financial and asset management and supervision, for staff of the Forest Development Institute, Moda said the draft Act was expected to be approved this year by the Council of Ministers, and then submitted to the National Assembly for final approval.

“We are sure that the act will be sent this year to the Council of Ministers and next year the National Assembly,” said the secretary of state, adding that despite the country’s forest resources being the best preserved in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the way they are currently being explored is unsustainable.

“The indiscriminate felling of trees worries the government, so we have been talking to population in the provinces about forest conservation,” said Moda, cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola. (macauhub/AO)