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Pollution increases in Angola due to mining and oil industry

Pollution increases in Angola due to mining and oil industry

Luanda, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Mining and oil companies in Angola continue being among the most polluting in the country, National Director of Environment Sandra Ferreira do Nascimento warned in an interview published by Angop news agency.

In general, the industries extracting natural resources are among those responsible for the degradation of ecosystems, explained the official, who also mentioned the negative impact of manufacturing facilities and some economic activities in the hands of natural persons.

According to the expert, the government is taking several actions to address the problem, from educational efforts to the improvement of national legislation on environmental preservation and protection, including the strengthening of administrative and criminal penalties.

Official evaluations show that crude oil sales represent the largest source of export revenues and an important source of income for the General State Budget, whose proposal for 2023 took as a reference point an average price of 75 dollars per barrel.

This underscores the importance of counteracting the environmental costs of oil spills into the sea and atmospheric pollution, as well as the damage caused by soil erosion and deforestation.

According to environmental organizations, both industrial and port facilities and the population living in coastal areas deposit large volumes of solid and liquid waste on the coast every day, or send it directly to the sea.

The National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation is currently promoting the ‘National Environment Day Week,’ with an intense informative program that will end on February 3, Angop reported.

The initiative consist of a national event on the management of urban solid waste, raising awareness among travelers on the illegal trade of wild animals and talks on biodiversity and conservation areas, the news agency added.

It will also sponsor workshops in several provinces, including one in Quiçama National Park, with the participation of local inhabitants.


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