Forest Survey Of India Report 2019: On December 30, 2019, released a biannual report on green cover in India. AS per FSI (Forest Survey of India) report, the green cover area in the country has increased by 5,188 square km in the last two years, now total green cover area of India is 8,07,276 sq km which is 24.6% of total geographical area of country.
This biannual report prepared by (FSI) Forest survey of India through satellites mapping of forests and trees. According to FSI report, forest area increased by 3976 square kilometer and tree area by 1212 square kilometer. that is positive sign to achieve 2015 Paris agreement goal creating additional carbon sink through increasing forest and tree covers by 2030.
Highlights of Report: FSI 2019:
- As per FSI report, 3 states has most increased forest cover, Karnataka (1025 sq km), Andhra Pradesh (990 sq km) and Kerala (823).
- Forest Survey of India said That (RFA) recorded forest area 330 square kilometer decreased in Northeast region except Assam.
- Report said that Mangroves also increased by 54 sq km in coastal areas, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Odisha.
- Top 5 states where forest cover has decreased, Manipur (499 sq km) followed by Arunachal Pradesh (276 sq km), Mizoram (180 sq km), Meghalaya (27 sq km) and Nagaland (3 sq km).
- 13000 square kilometer green cover has been increased since 2015 which is good sign to achieve “Paris agreement 2015” goal.
Top 3 States where green cover increased:
Karnataka: 1025 square kilometer.
Andhra Pradesh: 990 square kilometer.
Kerala: 823 square kilometer.
Top 3 States where green cover decreased:
Manipur: 499 square kilometer.
Arunachal Pradesh: 278 square kilometer.
Mizoram: 180 square kilometer.
According to Forest Survey Of India report since 2015, green cover increased by 13000 square kilometer that means we are on track to achieve our goal. It also heartening that forest cover also decreased in northeastern states.