Angola’s new Forestry Regulation seeks to ensure sustainable management of forest resources

1 August 2018

Angola’s Forestry Regulation, approved by a Presidential Decree of 23 July, regulates the sustainable management of forest resources and establishes the rules on their conservation and rational use, taking into account environmental, social, economic and cultural aspects, according to the Regional Coordination of Legis-PALOP+TL.

The new regulations are in compliance with the Forests and Wildlife Act, approved in January 2017, with other regulations due to be approved soon, namely a new Hunting Regulation and two diplomas on Forest Fees and Hunting Charges.

Under the new regulation, felling or maiming of protected trees, which are classified as national monuments, is prohibited and subjected to fines. There is also a ban on clearing and deforestation, except in authorised cases, to set fires or to carry out fire clearance, except in specific cases when communicated in advance.

Exploration of the natural forest is also prohibited or limited during the period of vegetative rest (between 1 November of each year and 30 April of the following year), with some exceptions.

The regulation stipulates the obligation to remove or gather timber in the natural forest until the end of the forest season (between 1 May and 31 October of each year), a ban on forest exploration outside the area authorised by contract, which may be granted up to a maximum of 25 years.

It also provides for the prohibition of transit through Angola, whether by land, river, sea or air, of forest products from commercial farms in natural or planted forests, without a certificate of origin or a transit document.

Economic operators engaged in forestry activities are subject to a set of specific principles, including managing forest exploration in order to avoid or minimise negative impacts on ecosystems, and to make the management of forest resources compatible with overall forest management and land use and the management of river basins. (macauhub)