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Namibia lifts moratorium on timber transportation

Christian Fernsby |
Namibia's Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) said it has canceled the moratorium on both harvesting and transportation of timber in the country following various consultations from stakeholders.

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The moratorium which had taken effect in April was triggered by an increase in illegal timber harvesting activities in the Kavango East and West regions as well as the Zambezi region.

"It was observed that the provisions of the Environmental Management Act were not adequately taken into consideration when the authorization was issued by the agriculture ministry," MAWF executive director, Percy Misika said in a statement Thursday.

Misika said after thorough consultation with different stakeholder it was agreed to authorize the timber that was already harvested in the regions to be transported to any wood factories in the country.

The executive director said that it was agreed that operations on timber transportation should be done under certain conditions as stipulated by the ministry.

According to him, no unprocessed timber should be exported from Namibia, no fresh trees to be harvested and all logs to be loaded in the presence of ministry officials, are some of the conditions which are to be followed.

Other conditions are that the processed timber to the final stage of use may be exported under the export license issued by forestry official in the country and timber coming from other countries may be processed in Namibia or transit through Namibia under close supervision of the forestry and other relevant authority like customs or the Environment Ministry, among others, he added.

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