state of forest survey report

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A high-power committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has recommended that forest surveys — the biennial exercise by the government to estimate forest cover — explicitly demarcate trees grown in forests from those grown outside, that is, in plantations and private lands.

Criticism of the state of forest survey report

  • The increase in forest cover includes forests converted to commercial plantations, degraded and fragmented forests
  • Forest cover does not consider the fragmentation of forests.
  • India’s forests have degraded over past 100 year.

Highlights of the state of forest report 2017

  •  It is a biennial report
  • It is published by Forest survey of India
  •  India posted a marginal 0.21% rise in forest cover between 2015 and 2017.
  •  India has about 7,08,273 sq. km. of forest, which is 21.53% of the geographic area of the country (32,87,569 sq. km.).

Target forest cover
Indian aims at having 33% of its area under forest cover. This has been the goal of government since 1988 forest policy.

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