For­est grows faster out­side for­est

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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