Legalized timber smuggling not only by the helmsmen of the Quirimbas National Park (PNQ) in the province of Cabo Delgado as well as by the administration of the districts of Meluco, Quissanga, Ancuabe is going from strength to strength.
The PNQ, located in the Province of Cabo Delgado, Northern Mozambique, covers a total area of 9,130 km2, of which 1,185 km2 constitute the marine part that includes 11 islands (Ibo, Matemo, Quisiwe, and Quirimba, Quipaco, Mefundvo, Quilalea, Sencar, Quirambo, Fion and Ilha das Rolas), and Banco de S. Lázaro, with the terrestrial part covering 5,984 km2 and partially covering four districts (Meluco, Pemba-Metuge, Ancuabe and Macomia) and the entire districts of Ibo and Quissanga (for a total of thirteen administrative posts), once the Buffer Zone is considered, which has an area of 5,704 km2, the District of Montepuez is also partially covered (administrative posts of Mirate and Nairoto)
This is not about stealth slaughter from inside the park to the outside by stealth. On the contrary, unlike in the past, this time the park was ‘privatized Corte area’ handed over ‘to Chinese smuggling loggers who cut at their pleasure in exchange for a few thousand maticais for the hands of the administrators of these areas and which serve as currency. . exchange in the face of a cry for help from the local population, some community leaders
The areas under massive exploration are: Quissanga Aldeias de Tapara, Mingonha, Tororó, Macoba, Natugo Merussa and the entrance to Nivico. Meluco: the entire area between Meluco and Ancuabe is occupied including Taratibo, Monte Mera. (Moz24h)