The Prime Minister just issued the Decision 59/2014/QĐ-TTg regulating fuctions, tasks, authorities and organizational structure of the Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This Decision replaces the Decision No. 04/2010/QĐ-TTg on 25 January, 2010.
Under this Decision, VNFOREST shall, being an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, be responsible for taking advisory roles, assisting the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in working out state administration functions and law enforcement tasks on forestry and forest ecosystem conservation nationwide; managing and providing public services on forestry and forest ecosystem conservation under legal regulations.
VNFOREST shall be responsible for submitting the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development law projects, strategies, planning, plans, etc under the management of VNFOREST. It also takes the responsibility relating to forest protection and management; forest ecosystem conservation; forest recovery and development, forest utilization, …
Regarding organizational structure, VNFOREST now includes 15 departments and units instead of 16 as regulated in the Decision No. 04/2010/QĐ-TTg. Specifically, VNFOREST has 9 departments functioning the State administration roles, including: Department of Planning and Finance; Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation; Department of Legislation, Inspection; Department of Nature Conservation; Department of Forest Development;. Department of Forest Production Management; Office of the Administration of Forestry; Forest Protection Department (with sub-departments in regions: I, II, III and IV); CITES Management Authority (with representative office in Ho Chi Minh City).
Besides, there are 6 state non-productive agencies under the management of VNFOREST which are: Tam Dao National Park; Ba Vi National Park; Cuc Phuong National Park; Bach Ma National Park; Cat Tien National Park; YokDon National Park.
VNFOREST includes a Director General and not exceeding 3 Deputy Directors General.