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India's overall forest cover expands: Report

IANS  |  New Delhi 

has added 6,778 sq km of area -- an increase of 0.21 per cent -- between 2015 and 2017 despite population and livestock pressures, according to a government report released here on Monday.

The State Report-2017 unveiled by Union says the country stands 10th in the world in terms of area and eighth in terms of annual gain.

"The total cover of the county is 708,273 sq km, which is 21.54 per cent of India's geographical area.

The tree cover of the country is estimated to be 93,815 sq km, which is 2.85 per cent," said the biennial report, 15th in the series.

The said the news was good because it reverses the trend of decreasing cover the world over.

"The global trend is decreasing while in the land is increasing. The good thing is that even if we talk of global ranking, the population density of top nine countries ahead of in terms of cover is about 150 while for it is 350.

"This means, we are doing good in terms of preservation and expansion despite pressure of population and livestock," he said.

The report said the country of nearly 1.3 billion people has also added 1,243 sq km of tree cover since 2015.

Andhra Pradesh, with 2,141 sq km increase in total and tree cover, is at the top, followed by (1,101 sq km) and (1,043 sq km).

Very dense forests have expanded to 98,158 sq km in 2017 from 88,633 sq km in 2015.

However, on the darker side, 12 states and Union territories have seen a dip in their cover.

These include Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and six naturally rich states in northeast -- Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, , and



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:20 IST