Angola has estimated wood reserves of 4.5 billion cubic metres and a forest area estimated at around 69.3 million hectares or 693,000 square kilometres, which is 55.6% of the country’s land area, according to official data.
With this potential, Angola currently has an annual allowable felling capacity of around 500,000 cubic meters of wood, a volume that will not jeopardise forest sustainability.
Secretary of State for Forestry, André Moda, speaking about the reality of the Angolan forestry sector, said that the capacity for self-renewal provides a global forest growth estimated at 7.59 million cubic metres a year.
In addition to the resources that the natural forest represents, the country also has a potential of planted forests, consisting of eucalyptus, pine and other exotic species that occupy an area of about 140,000 hectares, which are located in the central plateau, in the areas between the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié and Huíla.
Moda said that the current average levels of wood cutting are acceptable, of around 200,000 cubic metres in the last three to five years, or about 40% of the annual allowable felling capacity.
Provisional figures for 2017 showed that the forestry sector provided the State with 1.5 billion kwanzas (US$9 million) from the issuing licenses, fees, and miscellaneous fines. (macauhub)