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The Ministry of Land Environment and Rural Development (MITADER), the World Bank, forestry operators and nongovernmental organizations met today in Maputo to harmonize standards for forest management in the country.
The seminar is soliciting the views of the various sector stakeholders with a view to improving the exploitation of wood.
The discussion of minimum standards for the management of forests takes place within the context of MITADER rigorously reinforcing inspections and the control of illegal felling and exporting of wood.
According to the National Director of Forests, the measures implemented are already taking effect, prompting an increase in forest sector revenues, with emphasis on the export rate of processed wood reaching the total value of approximately five billion meticais in 2017.
The ban on the export of unprocessed logs has contributed to an increase in the number of workers in the processing industries in Madeira and an increase in processed wood by 98 percent. Three hundred and fifty-three forest operators have been suspended for non-compliance with regulations.