Moratorium on timber transportation lifted

06 Feb 2019 20:30pm
RUNDU, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has authorised the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) to lift the moratorium on the transportation and export of timber.
This was announced in a statement availed to the media on Wednesday.
It says MET has authorised MAWF to lift the moratorium on the transportation of timber that were harvested before 26 November 2018.
“This means that the timber may be transported within Namibia or can be exported out of Namibia,” said the statement.
However, the moratorium on harvesting timber remains in place and no harvesting permits will be issued until further notice, it added.
Furthermore, interested parties are reminded that the transportation and export permits are to be issued in accordance with the existing procedures under the Forest Act of 2001.
The MAWF, through the Directorate of Forestry suspended the issuance of forestry permits for harvesting, transportation, marketing and exportation of timber in November last year, which angered farmers in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions.
They argued that they spent a lot of money on the harvesting, while contracts were signed with buyers, whom they feared would take them to court for breaching the agreements.
The moratorium was prompted after multitudes of timber were seen being transported from mainly the two Kavango regions, mainly for export to China.