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.)|
* 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.
Increasing forest cover
(Area in Km2)
|S. No.||State/UT||1997 Assessment forest cover||2007 assessment forest cover|
|11.||Jammu & Kashmir||20,440||22,686|
|32.||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||204||211|
|33.||Daman & Diu||3||6|
(65.96 million ha.)*
(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.