In 1989, the 1990’s was declared as "The Decade of the Environment". To support this, an Environment Task Force was established. This Task Force comprised of a cross-section of representatives from both governmental and non-governmental agencies to guide polices and actions on environmental matters.
One of the programmes initiated by this Task Force was the assignment of a particular environmental theme to each month during 1990. Consequently, September was designated as Forestry Month to highlight key forestry issues, and has been commemorated since.
In the late 1990’s the month-long activities was reduced to basically two (2) weeks. This allowed for the intensification of the various activities for reasons of community impact and participation. The occasion was therefore renamed “Forestry Focus”.
Forestry Focus is part of the Environmental Education Programme of the Forestry Department, and focuses on a particular theme each year. The main objectives of Forestry Focus are:
- To heighten the awareness of the general public about the importance of our natural forest resources and the need to conserve them.
- To encourage and promote the active participation of the general public in the conservation of these resources.
- To promote better staff relationships, motivation and morale.