8 January 2013

Angola: Nation Gains Environment Protection Associations

Luanda — Environment protection associations dealing in climate change, forest re-stocking, sustainable management of wastes and others are on the rise in the country, seeking a deeper preservation of the fauna and flora and promotion of a cleaner environment, Angop learned.

Currently there are 44 environmental associations registered with the Maiombe Environment Network, mostly gathering youths from the country's 18 provinces.

Until 2010, the forum for concert among non-governmental environmental organisations had under its control 31 associations only.

Speaking to Angop on Tuesday in Luanda, the secretary general of Maiombe Environment Network, Rafael Neto, said there is a satisfactory rising trend in the number of youths interested to work in the education of the communities in favour of the protection of the land and its resources.

"In past years, the work of environmentalists was hardly noted. Today the situation is very different, as we see people concerned about the defence of the planet earth," he said.

Speaking on the occasion of the celebrations of the 37th anniversary of the "National Environment Day", January 31, the official admitted the need for more training of associates, with a view to a better performance of duties.

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