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Forest Cover area in India is 24.16% of total geographical area

Government announced that India’s forest and tree cover has increased by 5, 081 sq km. While the total forest cover of the country has increased by 3, 775 sq km, the tree cover has gone up by 1, 306 sq km. According to the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 released, the total forest and tree cover is 79.42 million hectare, which is 24.16% percent of the total geographical area. The total carbon stock in the country’s forest is estimated to be 7, 044 million tones, an increase of 103 million tonnes, which is an increase of 1.48 in percentage terms over the previous assessments. Speaking after releasing the India State of Forest Report 2015, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the increase in the carbon stock is an assurance to the negotiators at COP 21 that India remains committed to increase the carbon sink. The increase in the carbon stock is in line with the INDC targets. The INDC target for forestry sector envisages creation of additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3.0 billion tonnes of CO2.
India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 Highlights:
  • India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 released on 4rd December 2015. The India State of Forest Report 2015 is the 14th report in the series. It is based on interpretation of LISS III sensor data of indigenous Resourcesat – II satellite.
  • Total forest cover of the country has increased by 3, 775 sq km, the tree cover has gone up by 1, 306 sq km.  
  • Total forest and tree cover is 79.42 million hectare, which is 24.16% of total geographical area. 
  • The India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 states that the majority of the increase in forest cover has been observed in open forest category mainly outside forest areas, followed by Very Dense Forest. 
  • Open Forest area has increased by 4, 744 sq km, which is 9.14% of the geographical area.
  • The area under Very Dense Forest has increased by 2, 404 sq kms, which is 2.61% of the geographical area. 
  • The maximum increase in forest cover has been observed in Tamil Nadu – 2, 501 sq km, followed by Kerala – 1, 317 sq km and Jammu & Kashmir – 450 sq km. 
  • Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover of 77, 462 sq km in the country, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, with a forest cover of 67, 248 sq km and Chhattisgarh – 55, 586 sq km. Mizoram, with 88.93 percentage of forest cover has the highest forest cover in percentage terms, followed by Lakshadweep with 84.56 per cent. 
  • 7 States/Union Territories – Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur have more than 75 per cent forest cover, while 8 states – Tripura, Goa, Sikkim, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Chhattisgarh and Assam have forest cover is between 33 percent to 75 percent.
  • Check Complete India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 in PDF: http://fsi.nic.in/details.php?pgID=sb_62