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Knowledgebase

Africa

Algeria

Angola

Botswana

  • Department of Forestry and Range Resources

    The Department is part of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, its role the sustainable management and conservation of forest and developing its socio-economic benefits. It is responsible for data gathering, providing information and raising public awareness of forest values.

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Ministry of the Environment

    Broad environmental responsibilities, including forestry, sustainable forest management and setting forest codes and other legislation, implementation of national sustainable environmental management policies and the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. Also undertakes environmental monitoring and audits and education.

Egypt

  • Ministry of Environment

    The Ministry has a forestry programme focused on reafforestation, urban natural woodland and plantation development, production forest development and use of tree planting to combat erosion. Works in association with the Undersecretariat for Afforestation and Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation. More information: www.eeaa.gov.eg and www.agr-egypt.gov.eg

Ghana

  • The Forestry Commission of Ghana

    The Forestry Commission is responsible for regulation of forest utilisation conservation and management and coordination of policy. It includes a Forest Services and Timber Industry Development Divisions, a Wood Industries Training Centre and a Resource Management Support Centre.
  • Ministry of Lands, Forestry & Mines

    The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is responsible for forest, wildlife and mineral resources. Its goals are to promote and facilitate effective private sector participation in land service delivery, forest and wildlife resource management and utilisation.

Ivory Coast

Kenya

Liberia

  • Forestry Development Authority

    The Authority is a state corporation responsible for management of the national forest resources, following Liberia's Forestry Reform Law, with the aim of sustainably producing a complete range of goods and services. More information: http://www.fda.gov.lr and Liberia government portal website: www.micatliberia.com

Mozambique

Nigeria

  • Federal Department of Forestry

    The Department forms part of the Federal Ministry of Environment. It's role is to provide a framework for forestry development and natural resources conservation and strategies for management and conservation of forest resources. It has a target of making 25% of Nigeria land cover as sustainable forest.

South Africa

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

  • Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

    The Ministry's Forestry Department overseas the management and welfare of the entire forest resource, which covers 66% of land area, following the country's National Forestry Policy and Zambia Forestry Action Plan. It collates data and undertakes forestry and environmental education. Core focuses include afforestation and reforestation in degraded areas and ensuring sustainable management and utilization of forest resources.

Zimbabwe

Asia

Cambodia

  • Ministry of Environment

    Responsible for environmental protection and natural resources conservation, including forests and mangroves areas managed by the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP). Primary agency for implementing international environmental and climate change obligations.
  • Forestry Administration

    Its responsibilities include forest monitoring and sustainable management, data collection, industry capacity building and promotion of reforestation of degraded land.

China

India

  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

    Responsible for planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing implementation of environmental and forestry policies and programmes, including the National Forest Policy, 1988. Core focuses are conservation and sustainable development of natural and human resources, including afforestation and regeneration of degraded forest areas.

Indonesia

Japan

Laos

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

    The Ministry includes Departments of Forestry and Forest Inspection (DOFI) and the National Agriculture & Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the National Agriculture & Forestry Extension Service (Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Offices (PAFOs), and Agriculture and Forestry Extension Offices (DAFES) are also under its umbrella.
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

    Since 2011 has incorporated Divisions of Forest Conservation and portfolios within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). It has responsibility for implementation of REDD+ and overseeing general management of the forestry sector.

Malaysia

Myanmar

  • Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry

    The Ministry is responsible for the country's forestry and logging sector. In the forestry sector, four governmental institutions under the Ministry of Forestry (MOF) undertake the following responsibilities: Planning and Statistics Department (PSD) is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the tasks of the Forest Department (FD), Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) and Dry Green Zone Department (DZGD) and acts as a forum on policy issues in forestry. The (FD) is responsible for protection, and conservation of the wildlife and sustainable management of the forest resources of the whole. The DZGD is responsible for reforestation of degraded forest land and the MTE is responsible for timber harvesting, milling and downstream processing and marketing of forest products. More information: http://www.modins.net/myanmarinfo/ministry/forest.htm and http://www.myanmatimber.com.mm

Pakistan

Taiwan

  • Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency

    Responsible for overall sustainability strategies, energy saving, carbon emission, recycling, pollution elimination.
  • Forestry Bureau

    The Forestry Bureau manages national forests, conservation and national forestry administration. It sets goals for reforestation, landscape naturalization, and habitat and water shed protection and aims to develop forest eco-tourism. It has switched from being supported by timber production to public budget. It also anages the National Forest Ecosystem Management Plan to improve forest health, productivity and biodiversity. The goal is to maintain sustainable management of existing forests and restore degraded, deforested area.

Turkey

Vietnam

Europe

Belarus

Belgium

Croatia

Czech Republic

  • Forests of the Czech Republic (LCR)

    The LCR is responsible for the management of state forests, covering 1 392 000 hectares of state forest land (54% of all forests in the Czech Republic). It also offers forest management to small forest owners.
  • Ministry of Agriculture

    The Ministry is responsible for administrating forests, outside national parks and provides data on forestry and forest resources. The National Forest Programme (NFP) is on the website under the heading Lesy Lesnictví Koncepce and inventory data under Lesy Lesnictví Inventarizace les?.

Denmark

Estonia

  • State Forest Management Centre, RMK

    RMK is responsible for Estonia's forest administration, forest management, timber marketing, preservation of the natural forest environment and recreation management seed and plant management. It is responsible for existing state forest and growing new areas and managing timber sales.
  • Environment Ministry

    Estonia is 50.6 covering 2.2 mln hectares, of which approximately 1.6 mln hectares is manageable forest. Most common tree species are pine, birch and spruce. The goal is sustainable forestry balancing biological diversity, productivity, regeneration, and efficient economic management. The Forest is seen as a source of revenue, employment, environmental wealth and diversity, a cultural benefit.

Finland

France

  • National Forest Office

    The French National Forest Office manages directly more than 12 million hectares of forests and natural areas on behalf of the French State and of local communities. It is responsible for conservation, nature and biological reserves; and management of economic, ecological and social aspects of the forest.
  • French Environment Ministry

    The Environment Ministry is responsible for setting broad environmental policy, and within that management and conservation of flora and fauna.

Germany

  • Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, BMELV

    The Ministry is responsible forest policy and forest legislation at Federal level. It produces annual Forest Condition Reports and is responsible for the National Forest Programme Germany. In 2008 its seven federal research institutes were merged to form four new federal research institutes (www.bmelv-forschung.de ), including the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute - Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries (VTI).

Greece

  • Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change

    Responsible for environmental policy framework and administration and natural resource protection and environmental enhancement, including effective management and protection of forests. Information on the latter can be found under ???? (forests).

Hungary

Ireland

  • Coillte

    Coillte is the state-owned commercial forestry company, which carries out forestry and related activities on 433 000 ha of state plantation forest, and sells 2.5 million m3 of roundwood a year. Research priorities include: Silviculture; Environmental monitoring; Tree improvement; Forest protection; Sustainable forest management.
  • Forest Service

    The Forest Service of the Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is responsible for forest policy and development.

Italy

Latvia

  • Latvian Agriculture Ministry

    The Ministry has responsibility for the forest sector and includes the State Forest Service, which is responsible for pursuing a unified forest policy, managing the State Forest Register, monitoring activity and implementing support programmes with the overall aim of ensuring sustainable forest management. It includes a central office and State Regional Forest Districts. It also hosts Latvia's Forest Research Station (www.silava.lv) and liaises with the Ministry for Environment Protection.

Lithuania

  • Environment Ministry

    The Lithuanian Directorate General of State Forests forms part of the Environment Ministry. Its role is to oversee the 42 state forest enterprises, co-ordinating regeneration, maintenance and protection of state forests and effective exploitation of forest resources. It aims to increase forest cover in Lithuania to 34.2% of total area by 2020. More information: www.gmu.lt/en and www.am.lt

Netherlands

  • Dutch Forestry Board

    The Board is responsible for forestry and silviculture issues and promotes the interests of the Dutch forestry sector as a whole with an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of the forest enterprise.
  • Dutch National Forest Service

    The Service is responsible for managing approximately 246,000 ha of state forest land around the country. Its focus is sustainability and renewable timber production. It answers to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality More information: www.staatsbosbeheer.nl and www.government.nl/ministries

Norway

Poland

  • National Forest Holding

    The National Forest Holding body manages 7.5 million hectares of state forest.
  • Ministry of the Environment

    The Ministry sets broad environmental policy and includes the Department of Forestry. The latter drafts and assesses implementation of forestry legislation, and oversees issues of forest management and conservation. It monitors forest status with a goal of sustainable and multi-functional forest management.

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Slovakia

Slovenia

  • Environment Ministry

    Responsible for general environmental management and protection.
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

    Responsible for forest maintenance and developing sustainable timber production, with current growing stock at 327,458,525 m3, of which 46.50% is non-deciduous and 53.50% of deciduous. Forest growth is at 7,985,256 m3 per year. Annual harvest is 4 million m3 of logs annually, comprising 60% conifers, 40% deciduous. The Ministry estimates this is 70% of its potential.
  • Slovenian Forestry Institute

    The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public research institute focused on forest biodiversity and climate change. It conducts basic and applied research on forests, forest landscapes, forest ecosystems, forestry, wildlife, and hunting. The Institute acts with public authority under the Forest Act and also provides forest and environmental public services.

Spain

Sweden

  • Environment Ministry

    Responsible for broad environmental policy, with one field of operation comprising environment, energy, and climate, which includes biodiversity maintenance.
  • Sveaskog (Swedish Timber)

    Sveaskog is Sweden's state-owned forest management company, overseeing 4.5 million ha of land, including 3.4 million ha of productive forest. Goals are to maximise productivity in timber, pulp and biofuel and maintain the forest's environmental benefit.
  • Swedish Forestry Agency

    The Agency is the national authority in charge of forest-related issues and attaining national forest policy, which has both production and environmental goals. The forest policy places equal emphasis on two main objectives: production goals and environmental goals. It works closely with industry and environmental bodies, and has a strong public outreach ethos. It forms part of the Ministry for Rural Affairs.

UK

  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    Responsible for broad environmental policy, including the UK's forestry policy nationally and internationally. In 2013 published its ?Forestry and woodlands policy statement', setting out plans to protect, improve and expand public and private woodlands. Also backed the Grown in Britain campaign to increase production and use of UK-grown timber.
  • Forestry Commission

    The Commission is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands, with devolved sister bodies for Wales, Scotland and England. The Northern Ireland Forest Service is a separate agency of the Northern Irish Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Commission also has three executive agencies. Forest Enterprise England, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Forest Research.

Ukraine

North America

Canada

  • Environment Canada

    Environment Canada's (EC)'s role is business is protecting the environment, and conserving natural heritage through credible science, effective regulations and legislation, successful partnerships, and service delivery. It's mandate includes natural resources conservation.
  • NRCAN

    Canadian Forest Service is the national and international voice for the Canadian forest sector and part of Natural Resources Canada, a federal government department. It provides science and policy expertise and advice working with Canada's provinces and territories. Its aim is a robust, globally competitive forest sector firmly underpinned by healthy, productive and sustainable forests. This includes supporting development of new forest products, fostering a culture of innovation, and opening a diverse range of international markets.

Mexico

  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)

    SEMARNAT, is responsible for environment and ecosystem conservation and protection and sustainable use of resources. It incorporates the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) www.conafor.gob.mx, which sets forestry policy, including establishing sustainable forest and timber management and development plans.

USA

Oceania

Australia

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

  • Department of Environment and Conservation

    The PNG Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) was established in 1985, to maximize sustainable development of natural resources, compatible with conservation objectives for wildlife, the forest and flora generally.
  • Papua New Guinea Forest Authority

    The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) was established in 1993 with headquarters at Hohola. It has 19 provincial offices. The PNGFA's mission is to promote sustainable management and utilization of forest resources as a renewable asset and achieve economic growth. It includes the National Forest Board, Provincial Forest Management Committee and National Forest Service (NFS).

South America

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

  • IBAMA

    The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources is the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment's administrative arm. IBAMA is the Brazilian government's main tool for providing information on environmental welfare and protection, and acts as ?environmental police?. It evaluates environmental impacts, examines environmental degradation and is responsible for distributing environmental licenses. IBAMA has the power to impose fines or refer to federal authorities for further prosecution.
  • Brazilian Forest Service

    Another division of the Environment Ministry it was set up to establish a national-wide forest monitoring system based on national forest inventories, including systematic field data collection and remote sensing surveys. Organises and implements the Brazilian National Forest Inventory (NFI).

Chile

  • Ministry of Environment

    The Ministry of Environment's responsibilities include protection and conservation of biological diversity and renewable natural resources, sustainable development, environmental policy and regulation, and promoting best practice and environmental education.
  • Chile National Forestry Corporation

    The National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) is an entity under the Ministry of Agriculture, with the role of managing Chilean forestry policy and encouraging development. Its mission is to support sustainable management of native forests and forest plantations through advocacy, monitoring of forest and environmental laws and biodiversity protection under the National System of Protected Areas.

Columbia

  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

    The Ministry incorporates the Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Directorate. It provides technical input for the National Forestry Plan. It also has roles in biodiversity regulation, development and monitoring and formulation of policy for forest reserve areas and National Parks. The Environment Ministry manages Columbia's Strategy for Low Carbon Development and National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (ENREDD+).

Ecuador

  • Ministry of the Environment

    The Ministry heads environmental policy development and coordination of ecosystem conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, taking into account conservation needs and appropriate use of biodiversity and natural resources and respecting multicultural differences and ancestral sensitivities. It includes the National Forestry Department. The country has prioritized lowering deforestation rates through various initiatives including the Socio Bosque Program in 2008 to incentivize the protection of forests, and in 2009, the country's Plan for Good Living set a national goal to reduce deforestation by 30% by 2013.

Paraguay

  • National Forest Institute

    The Institute is an autonomous state with the role to manage, promote and develop forest resources sustainably, taking into account economic social and environmental criteria.

Peru

  • The Ministry of Environment

    The Ministry of Environment estimates Peru's annual deforestation at only approximately 0.2%. But the country was lined up for funding under REDD Forest Investment Program and World Bank Carbon Partnership Facility.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture

    The Ministry has forestry responsibilities through its Forests and Wildlife Agency, www.serfor.gob.pe. Its mission is to promote conservation and sustainable management of forest resources and wildlife working with forest stakeholders. Strategies include strengthening its management, promoting investment and employment of Peru's National Forest Information System.

Uruguay

Venezuela

  • Ministry of Environment

    The Ministry's responsibilities include Mission Tree (Misión Arbol), an initiative focused on recovery, conservation and sustainable use of forests. Its responsibilities include environmental education and recovery of degraded land. It involves stakeholder engagement in reforestation projects and integration with other conservation and development initiatives.

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