10 October 2006

Angola: Kwanza-Norte - Forest Institute Cracks Down On Officials

Dondo — Angola's Forest Development Institute (IDF) in Kambambe, northern Kwanza-Norte province, over the last two months fined four of its forest exploration officials, for breaking natural resources protection rules.

According to IDF official, Domingos Francisco Manuel, fines estimated at Akz 50,000, were passed in punishment for violations by his officials during the processing of timber, coal and firewood.

Poaching of forest and faunal resources has been rampant, he said, adding that the local institution is understaffed to curb the evil, coupled with poor working conditions. IDF current inspectors are tasked with monitoring local goods in order to prevent the sale of poached timber.

The Institute has recorded since last June, in Kambambe, a production of 5,603 kilograms of coal, 82,763 cubic metres of timber and 43 bundles of firewood, resulting in a loss of Akz 48,487 to the State coffers (One Usd is Akz 80,00). Kambambe district counts on 18 registered forest agents.

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