Amendment of the forestry law and regulations

05 May 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

The amendment of the forestry law and regulations has reached the final consultation phase.

Last week the Namibian Agricultural Union’s (NAU) Roelie Venter and Danie van Vuuren attended a workshop where they discussed the proposed draft law and regulations.

Most of the union’s input was included in the proposed amendments, such as the comprehensive prescriptions for the charcoal industry to prevent veld fires.

“Violators of the regulations that cause veld fires and damage will be held liable to pay damages to those who suffered,” says the union.

Bush encroachment

According to the NAU, the proposed law now also provides for problematic bush encroachment and bush thinning, something that is missing from the current legislation, while an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required for approval of aerial spraying of chemicals.

Furthermore, all the maximum amounts of fines for the conviction of violators of the law and regulations have been increased significantly to serve as a deterrent.

This draft law and regulations will now be finalised by the consultants following the final input of role players, after which it will be given to the forestry ministry for consideration and submission to the cabinet.

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