Angola: Conservation Areas to Reach 18 Percent in 2017

Luanda — The Angolan environment conservation areas currently at 6,6 percent will expand to 18 percent until 2017, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda.

The information was released by the minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim.

The minister explained that this will be possible through the creation of new national parks in the provinces of Cabinda (north) and Kuando Kubando (south-east), in addition to other green zones.

Speaking on the occasion of the Earth Day, April 22, Fátima Jardim said three new national parks will be established in Cabinda’s Mayombe Forest’s biosphere-rich zones.

As to Kuando Kubango, two parks will be created in the border areas covering Mavinga and Luiana, representing one of the largest.

She announced that a draft for the purpose has been designed and a new system of national conservation areas will start to be created soon, seeking to meet the goals agreed upon at the Nagoya (Japan) meeting held last year.

The Nagoya meeting recommended the expansion to 20 percent the national conservation areas in the territory of each country of the world.

The minister also announced that in addition to the national parks, the specialists of the Environment Ministry and partners are working to launch new green zones in order to meet international commitments.

“We will preserve the rich of our biodiversity and thus guarantee its protection for the new generations and we are also designing more and more effective policies for the protection of biodiversity and a rational and sustainable management of national resources in Angola,” she stated.

Angola has 13 zones of integral protection. The 82,000 square kilometres correspond to 6,6 percent of the country’s territory hosting six national parks, one regional park, two integrated natural reserves and four partial ones.

Should the existing 18 forest reserves and various game reserves be considered, Angola might reach 188,650 square kilometres of green zones in the national territory.