Angolan authorities confiscate 13,000 cubic metres of timber

3 September 2018

The Angolan authorities confiscated 13,000 cubic metres of timber throughout the country during the period of forest closure, the national director of the Forest Development Institute (IDF) said on Friday in Luanda.

Simão Zau gave the figure during a press conference to clarify the legal framework for logging based on the new regulation and the role of logging operators in the process of planting, harvesting, processing, transport and marketing.

The official said that the decision on what to do with the seized timber, which should be used for the manufacture of doors, desks, windows and various furniture to equip schools and improve the working and accommodation conditions of teachers and students, has yet to be made.

The national director of the IDF recalled that six warehouses, located in Maria Teresa, Caxito, Menongue, Lobito, Luena and Cabinda, are already under construction, according to the Angop news agency.

Zau said that Angola has about 60 varieties of wood that are being explored, with prices on the international market varying between US$200 and US$700 per cubic metre. (macauhub)