Government of Mozambique wants more rigorous logging operations

13 December 2016

The Mozambique government wants to turn simple logging licenses into concessions, in order to improve the management and control process and allow the sustainable exploration of forests, daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The national director of Forests, Xavier Sakambuera, told the newspaper that there are 32 mandatory requirements for obtaining licenses that vary according to the species of wood.

Currently, there are 611 simple licenses in Mozambique and just 198 forestry concessions which, according to Sakambuera, “is a major concern for the state.”

The Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development in December plans to launch the first public consultation on the review of forest legislation.

“Ten years ago when we opened up the possibility of simple licensing it was only for Mozambicans with a view to, five years later, improving their operating capacity, with the installation of machinery and moving on to concessions” (…) but what happened is that concessions decreased and simple licenses increased, hence the need to review the laws,” Sakambuera told the newspaper.

In order to respond to the process of transformation of the wood sector in Mozambique holders of simple exploration licenses are already joining associations to transform themselves into concession holders.

The ban on log exports remains in place to prevent uncontrolled logging and its practical results are already visible with increased local processing and an increase in the number of jobs. (macauhub)