Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

About Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

Contact Details

Postal Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001
Physical 473 Steve Biko & Soutpansberg Roads, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083
Tel 012 399 9000 / 086 111 2468
Fax 012 359 3625
Web www.dffe.gov.za


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) was renamed on 1 April 2021, from the previous Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). In June 2019 the DFFE had been established by incorporating the forestry and fisheries functions from the previous Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries into the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The DFFE mandated to give effect to the right of citizens to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being, and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations. To this end, the Department provides leadership in environmental management, conservation and protection towards sustainability for the benefit of South Africans and the global community.

The Department’s strategic objectives are to: provide leadership, strategic, centralised administration, executive support, corporate services, and facilitate effective cooperative governance, international relations, and environmental education and awareness; promote the development and implementation of an enabling legal regime and licensing/authorisation system to ensure enforcement and compliance with environmental law; promote, manage and provide strategic leadership on oceans and coastal conservation; improve air and atmospheric quality, lead and support, inform, monitor and report efficient and effective international, national and significant provincial and local responses to climate change; ensure the regulation and management of all biodiversity, heritage and conservation matters in a manner that facilitates sustainable economic growth and development; implement expanded public works and green economy projects in the environmental sector; and manage and ensure that chemicals and waste management policies and legislation are implemented and enforced in compliance with chemicals and waste management authorisations, directives and agreements.

Reporting Entities

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
  • South African National Parks (SANParks)
  • South African Weather Service


Our vision will be achieved through developing and sustaining a sector that contributes and embraces:

  • Economic growth (and development)
  • Job creation
  • Rural development
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Food security


Contact Info

Website https://www.daff.gov.za/

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