11 February 2019

Namibia: Ban On Timber Transportation Lifted

AGRICULTURE'S executive director, Percy Misika, has announced that the moratorium on the transportation of timber that was harvested before the suspension of permits in the Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions, has been lifted.

This was contained in a press statement last Wednesday.

"It is a known fact that the issuing of forestry permits for all purposes was suspended with effect from 26 November 2018. Since then, all the timber harvesting, transportation and exporting permits were cancelled, and no new ones were issued.

"The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is hereby announcing that the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has authorised the ministry to lift the moratorium on the transportation of timber that was cut or harvested before 26 November 2018," the statement said. This now allows the timber to be transported within or exported out of Namibia.

However, the moratorium on timber harvesting remains in place, and no harvesting permits will be issued until further notice.

"Furthermore, interested parties are reminded that transport and export permits are to be issued in accordance with the existing procedures under the Forest Act of 2001," the statement reads.

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