Exports of processed wood from Mozambique in 2017 totalled around 5 billion meticais (US$85 million) Mozambique’s National Forest Director, Xavier Sakambuera, said in Maputo.
Since January 2017, Mozambique has banned the export of timber in logs, which has led to an increase in the number of workers in the timber processing sector.
The National Director of Forests also said that of the 119 commercial forest species classified in Mozambique, only six had seen more exploration in recent years, specifically Chanato, Umbila, Jambira, Mondzo, Chanfuta and Pau-ferro.
“This situation is contrary to the Forestry and Wildlife Development Policy and Strategy, which encourages the exploration of secondary species, to reduce pressure on the most explored species,” he said.
Sakambuera was speaking at the opening of the National Seminar to present the “Minimum Standards for Forest Management” in Mozambique, which intends to gather opinions from forestry operators, non-governmental organisations and the Ministry on the criteria for forest exploration in order to prepare new forest legislation.