The Mozambique government has suspended issuing simple licenses for logging for a period of two years “to enable the reorganisation of the sector,” said Tuesday in Maputo the deputy minister of Culture and Tourism.
Deputy Minister Ana Comoana, acting as spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers, said the suspension aimed to stop the proliferation of simple license operators in large areas, whose control and management should be ensured by the forestry sector authorities.
Comoana, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias also said the measure was intended to exercise greater control and management of forest resources in Mozambique.
The Council of Minister’s order came after the provincial government of Sofala, for example, decided to suspend the licenses granted to several companies, on the grounds that they were operating with a number of irregularities. (macauhub/MZ)