The official opening of the forestry campaign in Angola, scheduled to take place on 8 August in a ceremony in Moxico province, has been postponed to next week due to the need for more time to analyse applications, said the national director of Forestry.
The ceremony was scheduled to take place during the meeting of the advisory council of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, on 8 and 9 August in the city of Luena, capital of the province of Moxico.
Domingos Nazaré, who did not name a specific date, also said that, in addition to the detailed analysis of the application process, there is a need to revise the regulations of the Basic Law on Forests and Wildlife.
The National Director of Forestry has said there would be a drop in the number of approved licenses, from 300 to 200 companies and individuals, because many loggers do not have wood processing sites (sawmills).
The order to suspend all activities related to the exploration of forest resources was enacted in January by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, when news of illegal felling across the country was rife, with the provinces of Kwando Kubango and Moxico seen as the main areas where this was occurring.
At the time the suspension was announced, the Ministry of Agriculture justified the measure with the need to adapt the operation of the sector to new legislation, approved in 2017, replacing laws in place since the colonial period.
Angola has a forest area estimated at 69.3 million hectares, representing 55.6% of its land area, and commercial timber reserves estimated at 4.5 billion cubic metres. (macauhub)