Vision And Mission

Vision: Sustaining and conserving a healthy forest ecosystem for a progressive Bhutan.

Mission: To conserve and manage Bhutan’s forest biological resources to ensure socio- economic and environmental wellbeing, with a minimum of 60% of the land under forest cover for all times to come.


  1.  Manage and utilize Bhutan’s forests for sustainable production of economic and environmental goods and services to meet the needs of the people.
  2. Enhance long term sustainability of Bhutan’s biodiversity and ecosystem services through management of natural habitats including wetland.
  3. Facilitate and collaborate for effective and integrated watershed management.
  4. Sustainable forest management through effective application of science and technology including participation of communities for socio-economic benefits.
  5. Forest landscape restoration for social, ecological and economic benefits.
  6. Forestry research to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge to enhance forest and biodiversity management to support implementation and ecologically sound policies.
  7. Periodic monitoring of forest resources and evaluation to ensure sustainable management and information dissemination.

Core Business Areas/ Core service areas: 

1. Sustainable Forest Management 

  • Scientific forest management through extraction of forests resources from forest  management units, local forest management areas and working schemes.  
  • Forest resource allocation and utilization of timbers and non-timber forest resources.  Community based forest resource management through Community Forestry and Non Wood Forest Product management areas, community-based forest enterprise). Forest landscape restoration mainly through afforestation and reforestation plantations.  Management of trees outside forest mainly in agriculture land through agroforestry programs. 
  • Facilitate, coordinate and collaborate for effective and efficient utilization of forest  resources. 
  • Enhanced climate resilience of the forestry sector (Reduce Emission from Degradation and  Deforestation (REDD+), National Adaptations plans). 
  • Promotion of nature-based solutions (Payment for Environmental Services). Monitoring of programs and activities to ensure quality and impact of the initiatives. 

2. Nature Conservation 

  • Management of PA network (PA/Biological corridors (BC) management plans) Promotion of sustainable livelihood opportunity (Ecotourism, HWC mitigation, Nature  recreation) 
  • Species conservation and monitoring for species persistence.  
  • Conservation of watershed & wetlands as natural habitats of wildlife (RAMSAR, water  source protection, recharge area mapping & designing interventions). 
  • Reporting and compliance to international convention (CITES, UNCBD, UNESCO,  SAWEN, etc) 
  • Monitoring of programs and activities to ensure quality and impact of the initiatives.  

3. Forest Monitoring and Information  

  • Facilitate allotment of State Reserved Forest Land (SRFL) for public use (Forest Clearance,  Environmental Clearance, Land leasing, Land exchange) 
  • National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS), Forest Information and Resource  Management System (FIRMS) 
  • Effective monitoring of Forestry activities (Forest resource utilization, services) Enforcement of Forestry legislation (SMART, SDSS, adjudication) 
  • Reducing forest degradation (Forest Fire management, Pest & diseases) Forestry information repository and dissemination.  
  • Monitoring of programs and activities to ensure quality and impact of the initiatives 

4. Forestry Research and Training  

  • Contribute to support science-based decision-making processes by conducting research  and policy analysis in relevant areas of concern (research). 
  • Mainstream scientific research findings into environmental policy and decision-making  processes (publications and conferences). 
  • Provide training of current and future generations of conservation and environmental  leaders, practitioners and academics (training). 
  • Facilitate enhanced training programs to existing staff of the Department. 


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