The policy is a 10-year document aimed at putting 30% of the country’s land under participatory forest management which is sufficient for maintaining an ecological balance necessary for sustainable economic growth.
The specific objectives of the Policy are:
- Improvement in the living standards of the citizenry through poverty reduction and forest resource enhancement initiatives;
- Institutional empowerment for effective decentralized forest resource management;
- Encouragement of coordinated efforts and inflow of assistance into the forestry‘s sub-sector as defined in the National Development Framework; and
- Improvement in the Department of Forestry’s absorptive capacity and effective management of forest resources.
Parts of the document include Institutional Development Policy; Funding Policy; Programme Development Policy; Policy on Decentralization and Synergy; and Policy on Research and Development.