Angolan government increases sanctions related to illegal logging

9 April 2018

Angolan forestry companies whose officials have passed on their licenses to foreign companies will be sanctioned by Angola’s Forestry Development Institute (IDF) with their businesses being suspended for between three and six years, the national director of forests said in Huambo, the capital city of the province of the same name.

Nazaré Veloso also said that foreign citizens who benefit from the transfer of licenses will be expelled from Angola, according to the Angop news agency.

The wood that is seized under Decree 274/17 of 10 November, which prohibits the felling, circulation and transportation of logs and sawn timber, will be confiscated by the State, said Veloso.

Although the ban has been in effect since 31 January, the national forest official said that 120 cubic metres of mussivi timber had recently been seized in the province of Huambo, originating in Kwando Kubango.

The National Director of Forests expressed concern about the situation, as more than half of the logs seized were smaller than the legally established minimum. (macauhub)