Department of Forest Research and Survey (DFRS) is one of the five departments under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal. DFRS is mandated to conduct forestry research and survey to produce knowledge and information for sustainable management and utilization of forest resources of Nepal. The department works in close collaboration with various national stakeholders and international agencies.
The department has three divisions: Forest Research Division, Forest Survey Division, and Remote Sensing and Planning Division.
Forest Research Division is responsible for developing and demonstrating appropriate technologies related to natural and manmade forest management, determining forest growth to maximize forest productivity, and identifying suitable tree species for different site conditions. Research is also conducted in the fields of agroforestry, tree improvement, forest utilization, socio-economic studies, etc.
Forest Survey Division generates valuable statistics and information necessary to plan overall forestry development at national, regional and district levels.
Remote Sensing and Planning Division is responsible for acquiring remote sensing data to generate useful products for conducting forest inventory and mapping. It is also involved in preparing programme and budget of the department and monitoring of activities.