Question raised in Lok Sabha on Decline in Forest Cover, 14/03/2017

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Decline in Forest Cover, 14/03/2017. Forest Survey of India, Dehradun, a subordinate organization under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has been carrying out the assessment of forest cover of the country biennially. The findings of the assessment are published in India State of Forest Report. The latest report in the series is India State of Forest Report 2015. As per this report, the total forest cover of the country is 7, 01,673 square kilometers which is 21.34% of the total geographical area of the country. Some States have shown increase in forest cover whereas in some States the forest cover has shown as decline. However, there is a net increase of 3775 square kilometers in the forest cover of the country as compared with India State of Forest Report-2013. The detailed list showing forest cover and change in forest cover States/UTs wise is given in Annexure.

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