Govermental institution on environment in Bangladesh

Governmental institution on environment

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoFE) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure for planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes in the country. MoFE oversees all environmental matters in the country and is a permanent member of the executive committee of the NEC.

Major functions of Ministry of Environment and Forest

Management of environment and ecology.
Matters relating to environment pollution control.
Conservation of forests and development of forest resources
(government and private), forest inventory, grading and quality control of forest products.
Forestation and regeneration of forest extraction of forest produce. Plantation of exotic cinchona and rubber.
Botanical gardens and botanical surveys.
Tree plantation.
Planning cell is responsible for preparation of schemes and
coordination in respect of forest.
Research and training in forestry.
Mechanized forestry operations.
Protection of wild birds and animals and establishment of sanctuaries. Matters relating to marketing of forest produce.
Liaison with international organizations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subjects allotted to this Ministry.

Structure of MoEF

The ministry has two departments
Department of Environment
Department of Forest
There are three other bodies under the ministry
Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI)
Bangladesh National Herbarium (BNR)
Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation (BFIDC)

Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI)

Bangladesh Forest Research Institute was established in 1955 and mandated to provide research support to the forestry sub-sector, including Forest Department, Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation, NGOs and other private enterprises.
BFRI’s research activities aim to develop appropriate technologies to maintain sustainable productivity of forest land and of forest industries without resource depletion.

Bangladesh National Herbarium (BNR)
Bangladesh National Herbarium is a plant survey, collection, identification and conservation organization. It documents the plant’s biological diversity and its collections are accessible samples of natural population. The collection of the herbarium is a national property that goes down to the posterity through generation for hundreds of years and work as reference materials on the flora of the country.
The National Herbarium serves as repository of technical information on plant genetic resources and advises the Government on technical aspects of question dealt with by the herbarium. It also provides direction required in the implementation of policies laid down by the Government in relation to plant biodiversity conservation.


Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation has mandated to rubber plantation, processing and has also mandate to extract timber from inaccessible Forest areas.
In addition to this BFIDC have been raising Rubber plantation in the district of greater Chittagong, Sylhet, Mymensingh and Tangail since 1961 in order to increase the productivity of the fellow forest land through producing row rubber in the country.
BFIDC so far has covered 32,625 acres for plantation. Besides, about 33000 acres rubber plantation has been raised in private sector with technical assistance of BFIDC.


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