MINISTER PLEDGES CONTINUED FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL RESOURCES TRADE

ANGOLA: ENVIRONMENT/ANGOP/23/5/18 SABANews 1

Tree felling threatens to create deserts across SADC and rest of Africa (Pic. Agencies)

LUANDA – Environment Minister PAULA FRANCISCO of ANGOLA says her government will continue to fighting illegal trade of wild fauna and flora to preserve the ecological diversity.

She has made the pledge during the occasion to celebrate the International Day of Biological Diversity.

Minister FRANCISCO says joint efforts by different organs for protection and preservation of species depends on the support and actions of international and national programs.

She says the preservation of the large and rich biodiversity is even more needed, and every citizen should be a protector of the national flora and fauna varieties.

Minister FRANCISCO has also emphasised the importance of the Environment Crimes Unit, urging the civil society to condemn illegal activities.

She says community groups have means that enable a progressive and consistent fight against poaching as well as illegal trade of animals to stop the decline of different species in urban zones.

Experts say rampant cutting down of trees in response to global timber demands, resulting in soil erosion, desertification, siltation of rivers and dams, and the loss of biodiversity, are some of the major environmental issues facing ANGOLA today./Sabanews/cam

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