The 2006 forest policy, which has been in place before now, set strategies for growing the sector but did not consider the emerging and contemporary development needs.
In 2020 the policy was replaced. The new policy is anchored on thirty elements spread across the seven globally accepted elements for sustainable forest management and increasing forest cover from the present 6% to 25% by 2030. It was amended to strengthen its role in providing products and services to increase forest cover.
The Major amendments made were:
-provision for increasing forest cover in the drylands of the country
-establishment of a carbon sink to address climate change
-implementing livelihood empowerment programs
-improving resilience to climate change