The main mission of the Department of Forests is to promote sustainable forest management and protection of the state forests and other wooded land in Cyprus which cover an area of 157788 hectares representing 17,06% of the total area of the island. At the same time, the Department of Forests is taking all the necessary measures needed for the protection of privately owned forests and other wooded lands which cover an area of 228930 hectares representing 24,7% of the area of Cyprus. In addition, the Department of Forests is responsible for implementing the government Forests Policy and the Forest Law.
The Forests Legislation contains, among others, all those provisions regulating the relations between the individual citizen and the forest and their activities within 2 km from the state forests.
The State Forests policy of the Department adapts itself to the trends and requirements of modern society, with sensitivity towards the environment, and understands the determining role and the services provided by the Cyprus forests for the cultural, economic and social life of the island.
The main object of the State Forest Policy is forest development through sustainable management of the forests and the forestry sector in general, through a system of multiple use, conservation of the biodiversity and upgrading and promotion/ utilization of all functions of forest ecosystems, aiming at providing a longer and better quality life to modern society and preserving at the same time the forests for future generations.
The second basic object of the Department, is to protect the Cyprus State Forests and in general the Cyprus rural areas from fires and various other dangers.
In addition, the Department of Forests provides various services and advice to citizens on issues relating to its competencies, it provides the opportunity to the citizens to participate in the various projects, both those of the Department as well as those of Rural Development and finally, it provides various other services such as selling various products or the construction of various projects, such as the creation of community picnic sites etc.