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FORESTS

We are working to stop deforestation and illegal logging in Mozambique
Campaign Details

JA has found many irregularities in the forestry sector, which are reported and documented. The most serious problem is that the deforestation in the country continues to increase drastically due to various causes, such as illegalities in the forestry sector, especially due to (but not limited to) the simple licensing regime, and also disregard for the rules concerning closed seasons for logging, quotas, diameter of trees to cut and protected species.

  • Several Mozambican politicians and officials are quickly becoming rich thanks to the Chinese bribes, while the inhabitants of the forest remain desperately poor

    Ana Alonso

The main hurdles are cases of corruption by some officials in the forest sector, weaknesses in the current system of supervision, lack of alternatives to charcoal as an energy source for the vast majority of Mozambicans, and illegal logging in disregard for conservation areas, among others.

JA produces research and reports on forest issues, we also stimulate debates to promote greater transparency and information dissemination on the management of forest resources. We are applying pressure on governmental entities and pushing for decisive action that will ensure the protection of the country’s natural resources.

    Our Demands

  1. A moratorium on the current simple licensing molds, as well the export of logs, until conditions are in place to control and monitoring, for sustainable forestry
  2. Development of policies for forestry through forest concession, for example, supporting small operators and local communities in setting up associations and cooperatives
  3. Removal and punishing of corrupt officials
  4. Providing incentives to the population for alternatives to using charcoal for energy
  5. Dissemination of information on natural resources laws, especially regarding the rights of local communities
  6. A moratorium on the current simple licensing models, as well as on the export of logs, until conditions are in place to control and monitor, for sustainable forestry
  7. Development of policies for forestry through forest concession, for example, supporting small operators and local communities in setting up associations and cooperatives
  8. A national action plan to minimize the impacts of climate change in the country by supporting healthy forests