Friday, April 29, 2011

You Can Cut Trees in Your Compound Without a Permit

It is now official, you are allowed to cut trees that are in your own compound for everyday household use and no permission should be sought for that. The Ministry of Forestry and Mines has pointed out that this has been a concern by many residents and thus the need to provide some clarity on the matter.  

Christophe Bazivamo, the Minister of Forestry and Mines said the public will continue to be informed about the laws and guidelines with regard to the protection of forests. 

BAZIVAMO says " People need to understand what laws stipulate and the complementary role that the officials of the forest management authorities play; In my opinion, it’s necessary to talk about the issue because it’s a question that is often asked. People ask why a resident is prevented from cutting down a tree in his own compound to get firewood for a daily household use, without requesting for permission. Nobody has to demand an authorization to cut a tree for a household use; the authorization should be sought when a resident wants to cut down a vast forest for a commercial purpose. This is in order to avoid de-forestation which destroys the environment.” 

Bazivamo added that about 24% of the land area is covered with forests and that’s why his ministry is tasked with the responsibility of safeguarding them from people or entities that do not attach importance to them. 

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