China: Ministries merged, new State Forestry and Grassland Administration established

China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) is now the State Forestry and Grassland Administration (SFGA).

The SFGA falls under the Ministry of Nature and Resource and has assumed responsibility for functions that were previous spread across the Ministries of Land and Resource, Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Water Resources, Agriculture and the State Oceanic Administration.

The SFGA streamlines China’s eco protection; it supervises and manages the development, utilisation and protection of forests, grasslands, wetlands, deserts and flora and fauna resources. It is also responsible for environmental protection and rehabilitation, afforestation, greening and managing all nature reserves and national parks.