10 October 2006

Angola: Country's Forests Sector Lacks Human, Material Resources

Luanda — Institutions of the country's forests sector lack enough human and material means, in order to enable the execution of activities with greater coverage and efficiency, ANGOP learnt this Tuesday, in Luanda, from the heads of the sector.

According to Cabinda's provincial director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, Alector Araújo, the local forest guards need adequate equipment such as binoculars and modern communication radios.

He added that the installing of cameras and alert systems in game parks to detect the actions of poachers are also means that might favour a good and efficient control of the fauna and flora.

The director general of the Forest Development Institute (IDF) of eastern Moxico province, Isaac Víctor said that his department needs to increase the current number of guards (40) to the double, in order to fight against poaching and cutting down of trees to manufacture coal and wood.

"Although hunting has been prohibited nationwide since 2005 due to the killing of various endangered animals, most hunters violate this regulation as a result of deficient supervision", he stressed.

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