FOREST COVER IN INDIA

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EQUALITY INDIA NEWS / A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE DECEMBER 13 ,2010

The forest cover of India has increased from 65.9 million ha. to 69.09 million ha. i.e. an increase of 3.13 million ha. This has been stated in the  State of Forest Report, 1997 and India State of Forest Report, 2009 published by Forest Survey of India, Dehradun. The details are given in Annexure.

The Ministry is providing funds under National Afforestation Progamme (NAP) Scheme for regeneration of degraded forest and adjoining areas in the country. As on 31.03.2010, 800 Forest Development Agency (FDA) projects have been approved in the country to treat an area of 1.69 million hectare which gets reflected in increase of forest cover.

The details of FDA projects approved and implemented for the state of Andhra Pradesh during the last five years are as given below:-

Year Projects approved (New) Amount released* (Rs in crore) Approved project area (in ha.)
2006-07 0 11.06 0
2007-08 6 9.97 13859
2008-09 10 11.54 8182
2009-10 0 11.03 4182
2010-11 46 5.23 2341

* Funds were released to new FDAs as well as old FDAs till 2009-10 under the NAP scheme. Since 2010-11, funds are being provided to State Forest Department Agency at state level for implementation of NAP Scheme.

Annexure

Increasing forest cover

(Area in Km2)

S. No. State/UT 1997 Assessment forest cover 2007 assessment forest cover
1. Andhra Pradesh 43,290 45,102
2. Arunachal Pradesh 68,602 67,353
3. Assam 23,824 27,692
4. Bihar 26,524 6,804
5. Chhattisgarh 55,870
6. Delhi 26 177
7. Goa 1,252 2,151
8. Gujarat 12,578 14,620
9. Haryana 604 1,594
10. Himachal Pradesh 12,521 14,668
11. Jammu & Kashmir 20,440 22,686
12. Jharkhand 22,894
13. Karnataka 32,403 36,190
14. Kerala 10,334 17,324
15. Madhya Pradesh 1,31,195 77,700
16. Maharashtra 46,143 50,650
17. Manipur 17,418 17,280
18. Meghalaya 15,657 17,321
19. Mizoram 18,775 19,240
20. Nagaland 14,221 13,464
21. Orissa 46,941 48,855
22. Punjab 1,387 1,664
23. Rajasthan 13,353 16,036
24. Sikkim 3,129 3,357
25. Tamil Nadu 17,064 23,338
26. Tripura 5,546 8,073
27. Uttar Pradesh 33,994 14,341
28. Uttarakhand 24,495
29. West Bengal 8,349 12,994
30. A&N Islands 7,613 6,662
31. Chandigarh 7 17
32. Dadra & Nagar Haveli 204 211
33. Daman & Diu 3 6
34 Lakshadweep 26
35. Puducherry 44
36. Grand Total 6,33,397
(65.96 million ha.)*
690,899
(69.09 million ha.)

 

* The forest covers of 65.96 million ha. has been obtained by applying the correction factors to account for the methodological changes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh, in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Gundu Sudharani in Rajya Sabha today.

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