The main thrust for forestry development and natural resources conservation is to provide the policy framework for the sustainable utilization and management of forest resources nationwide as well as ensuring that available natural resources are utilized sustainably. Equally important is the evolution of programmes and strategies for the rational use, management and conservation of the nation's natural resources.
The Federal Department of Forestry was established in 1970 to coordinate forestry and conservation activities throughout the country. Its functions are to initiate and formulate national forest policy and foster forestry and environmental development, promote and fund projects of national interest, coordinate and monitor Federal Government/donor supported forestry and conservation initiatives in the States as well as ensuring institutional development.
The Department was transferred from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to the Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999 by a Presidential directive.
To ensure that 25% of the total land area of Nigeria is brought under sustainably managed forest cover aimed at producing forest resources (flora and fauna) in perpetuity and foster environmental stability.
To employ sound forest management principles and practices and initiate or develop appropriate forestry development programmes, policy and legislation in partnership with relevant stakeholders (national and international) using its abundant human and material resources.
The Department on transfer to the Ministry of Environment was restructured with the following mandates:
The Department is organized into six divisions for effective implementation of its mandates. The divisions are as follows:
The National Forestry Development Committee (NFDC) is the highest technical committee that acts in an advisory capacity to government on all forestry matters in Nigeria. Membership comprises of Federal Director of Forestry as Chairman, States Directo