Angola approves law on conservation and use of forests and wildlife

14 December 2016

The National Assembly of Angola approved a bill designed to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of forest areas and Angolan terrestrial wildlife.

The bill establishes the legal systems of access and sustainable use of forest resources and wildlife and replaces legislation dating from 1955 and 1957, before the independence of Angola.

The new law also establishes the general principles and rules of protection and management of forest resources and terrestrial fauna and ecosystems, ensuring that they are used and explored in a sustainable, integrated and responsible way.

The law also aims to ensure the contribution of forests and wildlife, and related activities, for food security, meeting basic needs, job creation and gradual improvement of quality of living.

Finally, the law sets out the general principles and criteria for access to forest and wildlife resources and their sustainable management, planning and development, taking into account ecological, technological, economic and social aspects. (macauhub)