4 January 2013

Angola: IDF Fears Extinction of Species of Trees

Kuito — The head of department of the Forest Development Institute (IDF) in central Bié province, Rosário Lopes Teixeira, Thursday in Kuito admitted the extinction of some species of trees in the region, given the disorderly cutting of trees by coal makers.

The official was speaking to Angop while assessing the activity carried out by the institution in 2012.

He underlined that among the trees threatened with extinction, stress goes to the native species of Ombango, Ossesse and Omanda.

The official stated as well that another factor threatening the survival of some species is the cutting of trees for timber.

Rosário Teixeira said three inspectors are required in each municipality to arrest the situation crippling mainly the localities of Kuito, Andulo, Kunhinga, Chinguar, Chitembo, Kamacupa, Katabola, Kuemba and Nhârea.

According to him, Andulo is currently the municipality suffering most with the threat owed to the cutting of trees for coal.

The province of Bié has an area of 70,314 square kilometres and about two million inhabitants. It hosts a dense game forest, mainly in the municipalities of Chitembo, Kuemba, Chitembo, Kamacupa and Andulo.

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