Organization

A century old government organization started functioning from1862 with:
Imperial Forest Service
Provincial Forest Service
Sub-ordinate Forest Service

Before partition under British India in 1947, the forests of Bangladesh were under the control of:

Bengal Forest Department
Assam Forest Department

After partition of British India, East Pakistan Forest Service were created comprising:

East Pakistan Senior Forest Service
East Pakistan Sub-ordinate Forest Service

Responsibility for forestry was passed to the Bangladesh Forest Department after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
Bangladesh Senior Forest Service were renamed as Bangladesh Civil Service (Forest) Cadre under Bangladesh Civil Service Cadre Rules, 1980.

Re-organization of Forest Department :

The forestry is a biological phenomenon deals with plants and animals of various forms. As an organization, Forest Department has multi-dimensional functions of forest resource conservation and management, protection and management of biodiversity and watersheds alongwith economic and ecological development of the country. For the sustainable management of country’s forest wealth, efficient and adequate manpower together with logistics is a prerequisite.

There were 7385 revenue posts in the Forest Department, which have been increased to 8681 with the reorganization of the Forest Department in the year 1999. The reorganization of the Department with the enhancement of the posts shall facilitate to implement the objectives set in the National Forestry Policy.
The Government of Bangladesh formulated Forestry Sector Master Plan (FSMP) in 1993.
The objective of the FSMP are to optimizing the contribution of forest resources for environmental stability and socio-economic development through people-oriented forestry programs.
The new Forest Policy was promulgated in 1994 responsive to implement and materialize FSMP directives and recommendations.

Major Programs of FSMP are:
People-oriented Programs.
Production-Directed Programs.
Institutional Strengthening.
Following issues are the pre-requisite in order to achieve FSMP objectives and for management, expansion, conservation and development of the forest resources:
Good policy directives and legislation
Infrastructure development
Institutional reform
The administrative head of Forest Department is the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF). The Forest Department is divided into 4 wings considering magnitude of the works and line of jurisdiction. Each wing is administered by a Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest (DCCF).


The Wings are:
Forest Management Wing
Social Forestry Wing
Planning Wing
Education and Training Wing
There are 9 Circles in the Forest Department, each circle is headed by a Conservator of Forest (CF).
The Circles are:
5- Forest Management Circles
3-Social Forest Circles and
1-Wildlife and Nature Conservation Circle
Similarly there are 44 Forest Divisions, each division is headed by a Divisional Forest officer (DFO) / (DCF)
24-Forest Management Divisions
13-Social Forest Divisions
4-Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Divisions and
3-Management Plan Divisions

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Administrative units of the Forest Department under revenue budget.
# Name of units/offices No. of units/offices
1 Office of the Chief Conservator of Forests 1
2 Office of the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests 4
3 Office of Conservator of Forests/Circle Office 9
4 Office of the Divisional Forest Officer/ Forest Division 41
5 Management Plan Division 3
6 Botanical Garden (Dhaka and Chittagong) 2
7 Forestry Development Training Centre, Kaptai 1
8 Forest Academy, Chittagong 1
9 Forestry Science & Technology Institute (FSTI) (Sylhet, Rajshahi, and Chittagong) 3
10 RIMS-GIS Unit 1
11 Social Forestry zone 41
12 Protected Areas 34
13 Range 255
14 Beat 672
15 Check Station 57
16 Social Forestry Nursery Training Centre 98
17 Social Forestry Plantation Centre 341

Manpower Summery
# Designation Nos.
1 Chief Conservator of Forest 1
2 Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest 4
3 Conservator of Forest 11
4 Assistant Chief Conservator of Forest 5
5 Deputy Conservator of Forest 63
6 Sub-Divisional Forest Officers 7
7 Assistant Conservator of Forest 130
Total 221
8 Other Officers 38
9 Other Officers and Stuffs 8422
Grand Total 8681