Forest grows faster outside forest
INDIA'S GREEN cover has increased, but outside the traditional boundaries of the forests. The latest State of Forest Report says that the total forest cover in the country increased by 5,871 square kilometre (sq km) between 2011 and 2013. However, of the total increased area, just over 2 per cent falls within the traditional boundaries of forests. To find out how the green cover is changing in government-recorded forest lands and outside such lands, the Forest Survey of India, for the first time, overlaid its satellite images of the forest cover with topography sheets of the Survey of India. It found that most of the increase in the forest cover has been outside the traditional forest areas marked as "greenwash" areas in the topography sheets.