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The trend of increasing forest cover in India Continues: Report 2022

Andhra Pradesh (647 square kilometers), Telangana (632 square kilometers), Odisha (537 square kilometers), and Jharkhand are the top five states for increased forest cover (110 square km).

by PP News Team
The trend of increasing forest cover in India Continues Report 2022

Andhra Pradesh (647 square kilometers), Telangana (632 square kilometers), Odisha (537 square kilometers), and Jharkhand are the top five states for increased forest cover (110 square km).

New Delhi: According to a report released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, the country’s current forest cover is 7,13,789 square kilometers or 21.71 percent of the total geographical area of the country. The country’s forest cover has increased by 1540 square kilometers since the last assessment in 2019.

As given in the “India State of Forest Report 2021,” Madhya Pradesh has the country’s largest forest cover, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra. Mizoram (84.53 percent), Arunachal Pradesh (79.33 percent), Manipur (74.34 percent), Meghalaya (76.00 percent), and Nagaland are the first five states in the list for largest forest cover as a percentage of total geographical area (73.90 percent ).

The country’s whole forest and tree cover has increased by 2,261 square kilometers since the previous assessment in 2019. The increase in forest cover is 1,540 square kilometers, and the increase in tree cover is 721 square kilometers. The country’s total forest cover is 80.9 million hectares, accounting for 24.62 percent of the country’s geographical area.

According to the current assessment, 17 states/UTs have more than 33 percent of their geographical area covered by forest and tree cover. 

The ISFR 2021 includes a separate report on mangrove cover. The country’s entire mangrove cover is 4,992 square kilometers. The mangrove cover has increased by 17 square kilometers since the previous assessment in 2019. Odisha, Maharashtra, and Karnataka are the first three states with increased mangrove cover (3 sq km).
According to the current assessment, the total carbon stock in the country’s forest is estimated to be 7,204 million tonnes, an increase of 79.4 million tonnes from the previous inspection in 2019.

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