19 March 2010

Angola: Agriculture Ministry Drafts Forests Inventory

Luanda — The Agriculture deputy minister for forests, André de Jesus Moda, said last Thursday in Luanda that the inventory process to determine the number of forests in the country is being drafted nationwide at this moment.

Speaking to the press in the ambit of the celebrations of the World Forests Day, the government official said that the inventory will be a data bank that will enable the divulgence of the country's amount of this resource, so as to start with an exploration in an objective way, taking into quantity and quality, thus meeting the national and international demands.

According to him, the exploration in Angola has been carried out in a traditional way by the populations and by some companies that operate nearly countrywide in areas where the greater quality of humid tropical forests are abundant.

Illegal and unauthorised burnings have been recorded in Angola mainly in the central and northern regions without being weighed the consequences of this act to the ecosystem, he said.

The official said that the main event in Angola in the ambit of the celebrations of the World Forest Day will take place in the central Huambo Province. Angola has artificial and natural forests in an area of 53 million hectares.

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