The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes.
The broad objectives of the Ministry are:
1. Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife
2. Prevention and control of pollution
3. Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas
4. Protection of the environment and
5. Ensuring the welfare of animals
These objectives are supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment.
The Ministry also serves as the nodal agency in the country for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and for the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry is also entrusted with issues relating to multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of regional bodies like Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment.