Government of Angola to exercise greater control over forests and wildlife

25 February 2016

Closer control will be exercised on forests and wildlife in Angola, once the country’s parliament approves a draft law on the sector, which was discussed Wednesday at a cabinet meeting.

The minister of Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga, said at the end of the session of the Council of Ministers that the draft law on forests and wildlife would replace a law dating back to the 1940s and 1960s, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

Canga said that the bill, to be submitted to parliament, establishes the legal framework for access to and sustainable use of forest and wildlife resources in the country, as well as the general bases for carrying out activities related to them.

Angola, the fourth largest country in Africa with an area of ​​1.2 million square kilometres, has 50 percent of its territory covered by forests and jungle, of which more than 2,000 square kilometres are rainforests. (macauhub/AO)