Overview – Forest Resources Management Division

Forest Resources Management Division, one of the six Functional Divisions of the Department of Forests and Park Services, is mandated to sustainably manage the forests of Bhutan, based on sound science. The mandates of the Division also fulfills the basic goal of the forest policy “meeting long term needs of the people for wood and other forest products by placing all the country’s production forest resources under sustainable management”.

Scientific management of forests in Bhutan started in 1965 with the preparation of  the first management plan. The management division (then called Working Plan Division) was first established in 1971. In 1974 a new method of management plan was formulated, and consequently, the Division was then called Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD), which was later changed to Forest Resources Development Division (FRDD) in March 2000 and finally back to FRMD. Scientific management of forests is done through identification and establishment of Forest Management Units (FMUs) and managing them under the prescription of written management plans. All plans are prepared in line with provisions under the “Forest Management Code of Bhutan”.

Mission: Manage Bhutan’s forest for sustainable production of economic and environmental goods and services and to meet the long term needs of society.

Vision: Manage Bhutan’s production forest for sustainable supply of timber, other forest products and environmental goods and services; through scientific forest management plans and strong database generated through periodic national forest inventory.

Mandates:

  • Identify potential FMU and assess its sustainability from social, economical, ecological view.
  • Coordinate and provide technical backstopping to the Field Divisions for preparation and implementation forest management plans (FMU, WS & LFMP).
  • Coordinate and carry out periodic National Forest Resources Inventory.
  • Review of Forest Management Plans for FMUs, WS, LFMAs and seek environmental clearance from NEC.
  • Provide geospatial services to all the Functional Divisions, Territorial Divisions and Parks.
  • Provide technical assistance for development of Wood-based Industries.
  • Maintain all forestry information and database of the DoFPS.
  • Maintain and provide technical backstopping for Forest Information Reporting & Management System (FIRMS).
  • Maintain and provide technical backstopping for G2C services.
  • Admin and maintain Department website and social media handles.

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