The Ministry

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) was established under Section 11 of the Civil Service Law, 1993 (PNDCL 327), and is mandated to ensure the sustainable management and utilization of the nation’s lands, forests and wildlife resources as well as the efficient management of the mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development.

The broad aim of the Ministry is to provide leadership and guidance in the Management of the Nation’s, Natural Resources through effective policy formulation, market regulation and asset management.


Address the degradation of natural resources and ensure the effective and efficient management of these resources for sustainable development


Excel in the management of land, forest, wildlife and mineral resources by well-trained, disciplined and motivated staff through the delivery of client oriented services.


The Ministry exist to ensure the sustainable management and utilization of Ghana’s lands, forests, wildlife and mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development


The Ministry is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring the efficient formulation, Implementation, Co-ordination, Monitoring and Evaluation of policies and programmes;
  • Ensuring efficient and equitable land delivery services
  • Facilitating the promotion of sustainable forest and wildlife resource management and utilisation;
  • Ensuring efficient management of mineral resources to catalyse sustainable development;
  • Facilitating the promotion of effective inter-agency and cross sectorial linkages;
  • Protecting the country’s boundaries in collaboration with other state agencies.


The Ministry has three sub-sectors namely:

  • Forestry Sub-sector
  • Land Sub-sector
  • Mining Sub-sector
  1. The forestry sub-sector is managed by the Forestry Commission and has the following Divisions
  • Forest Services Division
  • Wildlife Division
  • Timber Industry Development Division
  • Plantation Development Fund Board
  1. The Land Sub-sector is managed by the Lands Commission, Ghana Boundary Commission and the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands. The Lands Commission has the following divisions;
  • Land Registration Division
  • Land Valuation Division
  • Survey and Mapping Division
  • Public and Vested Lands Management Division
  1. The Mining Sub-sector is managed by the following Agencies:
  • Minerals Commission
  • Ghana Geological Survey Authority
  • Minerals Development Fund
  • Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation
  • Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation


  • Ensure sustainable extraction of mineral resources
  • Ensure effective linkage of extractive industry to the rest of the economy
  • Develop efficient land administration and management system
  • Expand forest conservation areas
  • Protect forest reserves
  • Conserve marine areas
  • Reduce environmental pollution
  • Promote sustainable use of forest and wildlife resources
  • Reduce coastal erosion
  • Combat deforestation, desertification and soil erosion
  • Enhance climate change resilience
  • Reduce greenhouse gases
  • Promote proactive planning for disaster prevention and mitigation
  • Promote sustainable groundwater resources development and management