About the Ministry of Forestry & Research
The Ministry of Forestry and Research is responsible to sustain the beneficial aspects of the forest to the economy, environment and the livelihood of many Solomon Islanders, resource owners and custodians of the forest.
Ministry of Forestry & Research
Hon. Commins Aston Mewa
Welcome to the Ministry of Forestry and Research.
Our Mission is to utilize, conserve and manage forest resources for the continuing benefit of the environment and the people of the Solomon Islands.
‘KIPIM AN USIM GUD FOREST BLONG IUMI’
Ministry services include:
- Implementation of the Forest Development and Reforestation program Planning and management of forest resource
- Monitor all logging operations
- Management and improvement of the Herbarium and the Botanical Garden’s infrastructure for both research and amenities
- Implement the Government Forest policy
- Regulate, monitor and enforce FRUTA, its regulations, forest policy and the code of logging practice etc.
- Nurture and supply of seedlings
- Provision of relevant technical advice and ensure compliance
- Promote sustainable forest resource management
- Provision of vital information such as gazette Determined value (Duty) Schedules to clients
- Research studies into timber, logs, flora and fauna; and improvement of botanical gardens and safe keeping of vital specimens.
To achieve its mission, the Ministry delivers services through its six (6) Divisions.
Divisions and Departments
The Ministry of Forestry & Research has the following Divisions and Departments under its umbrella. You will find quick information about each and their contact details if required.
Corporate Services Division
The main task of the Division is to provide an effective support service to the technical divisions on conditions of service including a wide range of human resource management issues; financial advice, budget, quarterly financial reports, logistics, upkeep of Ministry accounts, office maintenance/repairs, transportation, and IT support.
Forest Development and Reforestation Division
This Division is responsible for the implementation of the Forest Development & Reforestation program.
The program has been promoted by the former AusAID Forestry Management Project and officially handed over to the MoFR in 2009.
The Forest Development & Reforestation Division was then formalised to implement the program under the SIG development program known as the National Forest Plantation Development Program.
Forest Resource Management & Technical Service Division
This Division is responsible for the Planning and Management of the forest resource through the execution of certain delegated responsibilities under the National Forest regulations.
The coverage of responsibilities under the Forest Resource Management, Technical Services and Licensing Division is divided into three (3) specific sections with key areas:
- Policy Planning and Technical Services Section
- Enforcement Section
- Licensing Section
A new addition to this Division is the REDD+ National Program.
Forest Industries Division
The Forest Industries Division comprises of two sections; the Marketing Section and the Operations Section that is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Forests.
Its core function is to monitor all logging operations to ensure improved revenue from log shipments and compliance with FRTUA, its subsidiary regulations and Code of Logging practices.
National Herbarium & Botanical Garden Division
This Division is directly responsible for the management and improvement of the Herbarium and the Botanical Garden’s infrastructure for both research and amenities for visitors, researchers and fellow citizens.
It’s made up of two sections; Herbarium Section and the Botanical Garden Section.
The Herbarium Section is responsible for all research related work whereas the Botanical Garden Section is responsible for live plant collections and the general improvement and upkeep of the Botanical Garden.
Timber Utilization Division
The Division is mandated to implement the Government Forest policy with regards to the downstream processing. It also manages the Government’s initiative to assist the Forest Resource owners with milling equipment and advice under the Downstream Processing Project (DSP).
The Administration Section is responsible to provide efficient management of human resources and administrative support services to the Ministry of Forestry and Research both in Honiara and in the provinces.
The Account Section is responsible for maintaining proper record of all property and assets of the Ministry.
The Registry Section is responsible for daily administering registry processes and other MPS and SIG procedures within the Ministry.
Media and Communications Section
The Media and Communications Section is responsible for maintaining and updating the Ministry’s website along with publicizing and informing the general public of the Ministry’s activities.
Plantation and Silviculture Section
The Plantation and Silviculture Section is responsible for providing technical capacity to out growers through continuous technical training and awareness, nursery establishment and quality seedling supply along with implementing the out growers subsidy.
Plantation Research Section
The Plantation Research Section is responsible for seed technology, tree improvement, and researching plot establishment and assessment.
Policy Planning and Technical Services Section
This Section is responsible for reviewing forestry legislations and progress its enactment along with planning and policy development.
The Licensing Section is responsible for establishing and maintaining the license database (Anniversary Fees and land covered under license) and assisting the Commissioner of Forest Resource to administer and facilitate the processes to process felling licenses. This Section also carries out timber right awareness for Provincial Government, Provincial Forest Officers and rural people of the Solomon Islands.
The Enforcement Section is responsible for liaising with the Attorney General’s Chambers to file defence on behalf of the Commissioner of Forests on matters pertaining to forestry before the Courts. This Section also assists the Licensing Section with the training of Provincial Governments regarding the Timber Rights Acquisition processes.
The Operation Section is responsible for monitoring timber-harvesting operations for compliance with the Forest Resources and Timber Utilization Act (FRTUA) Regulations and Code of Logging Practice. This Section also ensures effective and efficient monitoring of log shipments, assisting Land Owners with technical advice, and conducting training and awareness workshops.
Legal Affairs Section
The Legal Affairs Section is responsible for furnishing legal assistance to the Permanent Secretary and the Commissioner of Forest on matters concerning interpretations and application of Solomon Islands’ laws and regulations, treaties, conventions and other international, regional, national and provincial agreements. This Section also assists in negotiations of regional and local agreements.
National Herbarium Section
The National Herbarium Section is responsible for conducting plant specimen collection, documentation and updating the Solomon Islands’ flora along with collaborating with international agencies, institutions and researchers to conduct research on ecology and botany. This Section also liaises with other herbaria for specimen loans and exchange.
Botanical Garden Section
The Botanical Garden Section is responsible for conducting living plant collections in provinces to increase biodiversity, promote plant conservation and display indigenous ornamental plants in the botanical garden. This Section also promotes in situ and ex situ conservation of vulnerable and endangered plant species, along with updating and managing plant records of all living plant materials stored inside the botanical garden.
Timber Utilization and Processing Section
This Section is responsible for providing training on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and encourages Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. In addition, they promote and encourage Chain of Custody (CoC) to timber saw millers, facilitate applications for issue of milling licenses and export sawn timbers along with ensuring that the Value Added Timber Association (VATA) markets sawn timber and providing saw doctoring services to saw millers.
The Enrichment Section is responsible for establishing plots on logged over forest, plot assessment, providing advice on rehabilitation of logged over or degraded forest, and native forest silviculture.
The Inventory Section is responsible for monitoring and compiling field assessments of logged areas, the harvest extent of the nation’s forest, and updating and maintaining the forestry information system. This Section also facilitates national workshops, along with collecting and reviewing data while liaising with stakeholders to update the status of forest resources in the country for the State of Forests Report.
The REDD+ Section is responsible for collecting and reviewing data while liaising with international agencies to update the status of forest resources for the State of Forests Report. This Section also implements the REDD+ program.
The Economics Section is responsible for assessing, processing and recommending export applications for issue of Market Price Certificate and Recommendation of Commissioner of Forest. This Section also liaises with the Economic Reform Unit of the Ministry of Finance on duty regulation and providing round log export data to resource owners and stakeholders upon request.
Visitor Services Section
The Visitor Services Section is responsible for conducting educational awareness in schools and communities to promote and excel the role of the Herbarium and Botanical Garden. This Section also maintains a Library and Information Centre to accommodate research needs and disperse plant information to the general public.
Documents and Links
- Timber Rights Acquisition Process Factsheet
- Reforestation 1
- Reforestation 2
- FRTU Fees Amendment Regulation 2005
- Forestry Research Timber Utilization Act
- Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
- United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- United Nations REDD Program (REDD)
- Convention for Biodiversity Conservation (CBD)
Here you will find the direct contact details for relevant staff at The Ministry of Forestry & Research. Please feel free to get in touch should you have any queries you wish to discuss.
|Switch Board||Line 1: 677-24215
Line 2: 677-22263
Line 3: 677-22253
Line 4: 677-22250
|Receptionist||EXT – 200|
|Minister||EXT – 201|
|PS||EXT – 202|
|Commissioner of Forests||EXT – 206|
|Under Secretary (Technical)||EXT – 214|
|Under Secretary (Administration)||24233|
|Chief Legal Officer||EXT – 226|
|Corporate Service Division||24215|
|Forest Development and Reforestation Division|
|24503 / 24215|
|Forest Management and Technical Service Division|
|Forestry Industry Division|
|National Herbarium and Botanical Garden Division|
|Timber Utilization Division|
|24215 / 24505|
If you’re in the Solomon Islands and wish to visit us, our office location is provided below for your convenience. We look forward to welcoming you.