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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:55 - Updated Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:52

Deforestation reaches 10.600 hectares per year in Angola


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Luanda – The levels of deforestation of the main green zones in Angola has reached about 10.600 hectares per a year, due to the illegal cutting and burning by citizens or company that depend on this natural resources in various regions of the country.

Such data are contained in the 2nd Report of the General State of Environment (REGA) 2012 that was recently presented by the Ministry of Environment, mentioning among other areas, the characterization of the sector of agriculture in the soils sustainable management.

Under this legal and illegal deforestation, it is not known the number of animal and plant species that are devastated annually, but the habitat of many animals has been destroyed during this process in a year.

According to the document, the forest sector represents 43.3 per cent of the national territory surface and the current use of the agricultural soils set at about 40 per cent, an action that recorded an increase as result of the demining process underway the country.

Da percentagem do uso do solo, os pequenos agricultores em média usam 1,4 hectares por família, segundo o documento publicado pelo Ministério do Ambiente.

The document also describes that nearly 370 hectares in forest plantations (forest polygons) are under control of the forest sector, where some changes occur for the resettlement of affected green zones.