Department of Forest
Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
In 2002 the Department of Forests (DoF) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is one of the five departments under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation. The forest administration in Nepal has evolved through a series of fundamental changes in the last fifty years. The changes reflect priorities of the Government’s programs giving more emphasis on people’s need and environmental considerations.
The forest area of Nepal is estimated to be about 5.83 million hectares or 39.6% of the total geographical area of the country.The main mandate of DoF is to manage the country’s forest resources for the conservation of the natural environment and to supply the forest products to the people. The specific functions of the department are as follows: