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General Office

The General Office is responsible for the routine operation of the administration. It is in charge of publicity, information, security, confidentiality, handling complaints lodged via letters or visits, and making government affairs public. It is responsible for drafting related laws, regulations and sectoral rules as well as check of document legality. It also undertakes the work related to administrative law enforcement, administrative response to appeal, administrative review and hearing.

Department of Ecological Conservation and Restoration
(Office of the National Greening Commission)

The department undertakes the dynamic monitoring and evaluation of the resources of forest, grassland, wetland and desert. It formulates important guidelines and policies on land greening, manages in a holistic manner key ecological conservation and rehabilitation projects, guides the work of soil erosion control by biological means such as afforestation, closure of mountains and hills to facilitate afforestation, tree and grass planting. It guides the control, quarantine, prediction and early warning of organisms detrimental to forest and grass. It is in charge of the protection of ancient and famous trees, work related to forest and grassland in response to climate change. It is also in charge of daily operation of the office of the National Greening Commission.

Department of Forest Resources Management

Department of Forest Resources Management formulates policies and measures for the protection and development of forest resources. It draws up the national forest cutting quota. It is in charge of the management related to forest land. It draws up the national forest land protection and use programs. It guides the formulation of forest management programs and forest management plans and supervises their implementation. It oversees the state-owned forest resources in the key state-owned forest regions. It guides and supervises forest cutting and timber transportation in accordance with quota permits. It guides the development and management of local forest stations.

Department of Grassland Management

Department of Grassland Management guides the work of grassland protection. It is responsible for grazing prohibition on grassland, balance of fodder and livestock and ecological restoration and governance for grassland. It initiates implementation of key ecological protection and rehabilitation projects for grassland. It oversees grassland development and use.

Department of Wetlands Management
(Ramsar Administrative Authority of P. R. China)

Department of Wetlands Management guides the conservation of wetlands, organizes and implements the work related to wetlands ecological restoration and ecological services. It oversees national important wetlands, the development and use of wetlands, and is responsible for the implementation of the Ramsar Convention.

Department of Combating Desertification

The department drafts national plans for the prevention and control of desertification, stony desertification, and the development plans for the establishment of protected areas on desertified land by means of closure and prohibition. It draws up the related standards and technical procedures and supervise the implementation. It organizes and carries out key ecological projects for combating desertification and stony desertification. It organizes and guides the prediction and forecast of sandstorm disasters, and the emergency disposal. It is responsible for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

Department of Wildlife Conservation
The Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of the People's Republic of China (China CITES Management Authority)

The department organizes and conducts surveys on terrestrial wildlife resources, and evaluation on the status of the resources. It oversees the protection of terrestrial wildlife across the country. It studies and offers proposals for adjustment of the national key protected terrestrial wild fauna and flora lists. It oversees the import and export of wildlife in accordance with the division of work. It also undertakes the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Department of Natural Protected Areas Management

The department oversees national parks and other protected areas. It puts forth reviews and proposals for new establishment or adjustment of national protected areas. It organizes and carries out the ecological restoration of different protected areas. It undertakes the work related to projects of the World Natural Heritage and projects of both the World Natural Heritage and World Cultural Heritage.

Department of Reform and Development for Forestry and Grassland

The department is responsible for the work related to the reform of collectively-owned forest tenure, key state-owned forest regions, forest farms and grasslands. It formulates policy measures for forest development in rural areas. It guides the contracted operation and transaction of forest land and tress in rural areas. It also formulates policies for optimum deployment of the resource and timber use.

Department of State-owned Forest Farms and Seedlings Management

The department guides the infrastructure construction and development of state-owned forest farms. It undertakes the administration of forest tree seeds and grass seeds, organizes the general survey, collection, evaluation, utilization of the germplasm resource and the construction of the germplasm resource bank. It organizes the selection, verification, demonstration and extension of fine varieties. It guides the construction of fine variety breeding bases and indemnificatory seedling nurseries. It oversees the production and business operations of forest tree seedlings and grass seeds and supervises the quality of forest tree seedlings and grass seeds.

Department of Forest Public Security

The department guides the work of forest public security in the country, and oversees the forest police teams. It coordinates and supervises the investigation and prosecution of major criminal cases related to forests. It guides the governance of public security in forest regions. It is also responsible for fire prevention and control in forest and grassland.

Department of Planning and Finance

The department draws up the strategies and programs for forest and grassland development, and supervises the implementation. It oversees the national-level investment, sectoral budget, transfer payment of earmarked funds and see to the accomplishment of the related projects. It prepares annual production plans. It organizes ecosystem services for poverty alleviation and implements the PES system concerned. It guides the implementation of foreign-related and foreign-aid projects. It is also responsible for statistical information, audit and inspection, financial accounting management of the institution, and supervision and management of the planning and finance of the directly subordinate units.

Department of Science and Technology

The department organizes and conducts scientific research, conversion of research achievement and technical extension on forest and grassland. It is responsible for forest and grassland science and technology standardization, inspection and monitoring of quality and intellectual property rights. It oversees the germplasm resource of forest and grassland organisms, and safety of genetically modified organisms.

Department of International Cooperation
(Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs)

The department conducts international cooperation and exchange on forest and grassland. It undertakes the related important international activities and convention implementation. It undertakes the work related to the international conventions, agreements and protocols, and handles affairs concerning forest and grassland in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. It undertakes the work related to the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, and Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation.

Department of Human Resources

The department is in charge of the human resources, organs and manning quota, labor and salary, and education for the institution, local offices and directly subordinate units. It guides the capacity building for the forest and grassland sector.

Department of Party-related Affairs

It is responsible for the party-masses work of the administration and the directly subordinate units based in Beijing.

Bureau for Retired Personnel

It is in charge of the retired personnel.

The National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA for short)is to implement the guidelines and policies, decisions and plans made by the Party Central Committee governing forestry and grassland work. In the implementation process, NFGA shall adhere to and reinforce the Party's centralized and unified leadership in forestry and grassland work. The main responsibilities are as follows:

  1. To be in charge of the supervision and administration of forestry and grassland, and their ecological conservation and rehabilitation. To work out the policies, plans and standards regarding forestry and grassland, and their ecological conservation and rehabilitation, and to organize the related implementation; to draft the laws and regulations concerned, sectoral rules and protocols; to organize the dynamic monitoring and evaluation of forest, grassland, wetland and desertified land as well as terrestrial wildlife.

   2. To organize the conservation and rehabilitation of forest and grassland ecosystem , afforestation and greening; to organize the implementation of key programs on forest and grassland conservation and rehabilitation; to guide the cultivation of public benefit forests and commercial forests, and to guide and supervise the national compulsory tree planting and urban/rural greening campaign. To direct the quarantine and control of organisms detrimental to forest and grassland. To undertake the related work in the fields of forestry and grassland in response to climate change.

  3. To be responsible of the supervision and administration of the resources of forest, grassland and wetland. To draw up the national forest cutting quota and supervise its accomplishment. To be in charge of the management of forest land; to draw up forest land protection and use programs and organize their implementation. To guide the delimitation and management of national-level public benefit forests; to manage the state-owned forest resource in the major state-owned forest regions. To be responsible for grazing prohibition on grassland, balance of fodder and livestock and grassland ecological restoration; to supervise and manage grassland development and use. To be responsible for wetlands ecological conservation and restoration; to draw up wetlands conservation programs and related national standards, and to supervise and manage wetlands development and use.

   4. To be responsible for the supervision and management of desertification control. To organize and carry out the survey over desertification; to organize and work out programs for the prevention and control of desertification and stony desertification as well as programs for closed protection zones on desertified land. To draft the related national standards, to supervise and manage development and use of desertified land, and to organize the prediction and forecast of sandstorm disaster, and the emergency disposal.

  5. To be responsible for the supervision and management of terrestrial wildlife. To organize and conduct survey on terrestrial wildlife resource, to formulate and adjust the national key protected wild fauna and flora lists. To guide the rescue and propagation of terrestrial wildlife, the restoration and development of habitats, monitoring of wildlife epidemic diseases, supervision of hunting or gathering, captive breeding, business use of terrestrial wildlife, and to supervise and administer the import and export of wildlife in accordance with the work division.

   6. To be responsible for the supervision and management of all kinds of protected areas. To draw up plans and related national standards for different protected areas. To be in charge of the establishment, plan and construction and concession of national parks. To be responsible for the assets management of the natural resource of protected areas such as national parks where the central government directly exercises their ownership, and for the national land use. To put forth review and proposal and submit for approval according to stipulated procedure for new establishment or adjustment of national-level protected areas. To organize and appraise the applications for the World Natural Heritage, and appraise, jointly with other organizations concerned, the applications for both the World Natural Heritage and World Cultural Heritage. To be responsible for the related work of biodiversity conservation.

  7. To be in charge of the promotion of related work of forestry and grassland reform. To set forth opinions and supervise the implementation for collectively-owned forest ownership system, important reforms of key state-owned forest regions, forest farms and grassland. To lay down policy measures for forest development in rural areas and for the safeguard of the legal interest of forest proprietors, and to guide the contracted operation of forest land in rural areas. To carry out the work of returning the farmland (pasture) to forest and grass, and be responsible for natural forest protection.

  8. To draw up policies for the optimum allocation of forest and grassland resources, and policies for timber use. To formulate national standards for forest industry and supervise the implementation; to organize and guide the supervision of forest product quality; and to guide the work related to ecosystem services for poverty alleviation.

  9. To guide the infrastructure construction and development of state-owned forest farms; to organize the general survey of germplasm resource of forest tree seeds and grass seeds, organize the establishment of the germplasm resource bank. To be in charge of the selection and extension of fine varieties, administer the production and business operations of forest tree seedlings and grass seeds; supervise the quality of forest tree seedlings and grass seeds. To supervise and manage the germplasm resource of forest and grassland organisms, safety of genetically modified organisms and protection of new plant varieties.

   10. To guide the work of forest public security in the country, supervise and administer the forest police teams. To direct the investigation and prosecution of major criminal cases in forestry in the country. To be responsible for related administrative law enforcement and supervision, and to guide the governance of public security in forest regions.

  11. To be responsible for fulfillment of the requirements mandated by the program of comprehensive disaster prevention and mitigation, to organize the formulation of forest and grassland fire prevention and control plan, protection standards and guide the implementation. To guide the fire prevention patrol, fire source management, construction of fire facilities and other work. To organize and guide the state-owned forest farms and areas, and grassland to carry out fire prevention activities such as publicity and education, monitoring and early warning, supervision and inspection. When necessary, the Ministry of Emergency Management may be called for to deploy relevant prevention and control work in the name of the National Emergency Command Agency.

  12. To supervise and administer national funds and state-owned assets in the sector of forest and grassland; to put forward suggestions on investment within the budgets for forest and grassland, and on the arrangement of national fiscal budgets ; to review and verify investment projects within national programs and annual plans within the limits of authority prescribed by the State Council. To participate in the formulation of forest and grassland economic regulatory policies and organize the implementation of payment for ecosystem services in the forest and grassland sector.

  13. To be responsible for forest and grassland science and technology, education and foreign affairs; to guide the capacity building for the sector of forest and grassland in the country; to organize and implement international exchanges and cooperation on forest and grassland; to undertake the implementation of international conventions on wetlands, desertification combating and endangered wildlife.

  14. To accomplish other tasks assigned by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.

    15. Change of functions. The National Forestry and Grassland Administration shall earnestly intensify the protection of the macro-ecosystem, carry out important ecosystem protection and restoration projects, strengthen the overall coordination of the supervision and management of forest, grassland and wetlands, vigorously promote land greening and safeguard the national ecological security. The establishment of a protected area system with a focus on national parks will be accelerated. All kinds of protected areas will be conscientiously sorted out, standardized and integrated in a united way, and a consistent, standardized and efficient national park system will be set up with Chinese characteristics.

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