MAWF allows already cut timber to be transported within Namibia

19 Sep 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has authorised timber that was already harvested before the July moratorium on timber cutting in the Kavango East and West and Zambezi regions to be transported to wood factories within Namibia.
In July 2019, the ministry placed a moratorium on both harvesting and transportation of timber in the country after it was triggered by an increase in illegal timber harvesting activities in the three regions.
It was also observed that the Environmental Management Act was not adequately taken into consideration when the authorisation for harvesting was issued by the ministry.
A media statement issued on Thursday by the ministry said that after “thorough consultation with different stakeholders it was agreed to authorise the timber that was already harvested in the three regions to be transported to any wood factory in the country”.
The statement noted that it was further agreed that no fresh trees should be harvested during the time of transportation and all logs should be loaded in the presence of MAWF and Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) officials.
It further stated that forestry officials will inspect any wood factory, to obtain any required information from such institution, and for no unprocessed timber to be exported from Namibia.
“The processed timber to the final stage of use may be exported under the export licence issued by forestry officials in the country,” it said.
It concluded that timber coming from other countries may be allowed to be processed in Namibia or to transit through Namibia and should be done with close supervision of the forestry and other relevant authorities such as Customs and MET.