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Forest, tree cowl in India up by 2,261 sq km in two years

A.P. adopted by Telangana, Odisha noticed most enhance: report

Forest and tree cowl within the nation had elevated by 2,261 sq. kilometres for the reason that final evaluation in 2019, in response to the India State of Forest Report-2021 launched on Thursday.

Releasing the report, Atmosphere and Forest Minister Bhupender Yadav mentioned the full forest and tree cowl was 80.9 million hectares, which accounted for twenty-four.62% of the geographical space of the nation. The report mentioned 17 States and Union Territories had greater than 33% of their space beneath forest cowl. Mr. Yadav mentioned the Narendra Modi authorities’s focus was to counterpoint the forests qualitatively.

The report discovered that there had been a 1,540 sq km enhance in forest cowl and 721 sq km enhance in tree cowl for the reason that final report in 2019.

Prime 3 States

“Increase in forest cover has been observed in open forest followed by very dense forest. Top three States showing increase in forest cover are Andhra Pradesh (647 sq km) followed by Telangana (632 sq km) and Odisha (537 sq km),” a Ministry assertion mentioned.

Madhya Pradesh had the biggest forest cowl, adopted by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra. The highest 5 States by way of forest cowl as a share of their whole geographical space had been Mizoram (84.53%), Arunachal Pradesh (79.33%), Meghalaya (76.00%), Manipur (74.34%) and Nagaland (73.90%).

Mangrove cowl

The full mangrove cowl within the nation had elevated by 17 sq km, to achieve 4,992 sq km. The full carbon inventory in forests was estimated to be 7,204 million tonnes, a rise of 79.4 million tonnes from 2019.

The Ministry mentioned the survey used mid-resolution satellite tv for pc knowledge, adopted by “rigorous ground truthing” and data from different sources.

“The accuracy level achieved in the current assessment is significantly high. The accuracy of forest cover classification has been assessed 92.99%. The accuracy of classification between forest and non-forest classes has been assessed 95.79% against internationally accepted accuracy of classification of more than 85%,” the Ministry mentioned.

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