You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » Environment
Business Standard

Odisha's forest cover increases by 537.44 sq km in two years

Odisha's forest cover has increased by 537.44 square kilometre between 2019 and 2020 due to various initiatives under the Joint Forest Management programme of the government .

Topics
Odisha  | forests | India’s forests

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Odisha's forest cover increases by 537.44 sq km in two years
Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Koraput, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Khurda and Cuttack are among districts where the coverage has grown.

Odisha's forest cover has increased by 537.44 square kilometre between 2019 and 2020 due to various initiatives under the Joint Forest Management programme of the government to expand green areas in the state, according to a biennial survey.

The forest area growth in the coastal state during the period is the third highest in the country as Andhra Pradesh topped the list with an increase of 647 sq km and Telangana secured the second spot with 632 sq km, the report said.

The rise in the forest area by 537.44 sq km between 2019 and 2020 is more than the 237 sq km growth during the previous two years.

The forest cover is estimated at 52,155.95 sq km, comprising 33.50 per cent of the total geographical area of Odisha, according to the report of the Forest Survey of India, Dehradun.

topped among the states and Union Territories in terms of the increase in mangrove forest cover during the last two years.

The Similipal forest is among the "top three tiger reserves in the country in terms of forest cover", the state environment department said in a statement.

India State of Forest Report (lSFR), 2021 was on Thursday released by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi.

Twenty-three districts of have registered an increase in forest cover, while seven witnessed a decline in the area.

Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Koraput, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Khurda and Cuttack are among districts where the coverage has grown.

Malkangiri, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Rayagada and Keonjhar districts have recorded a fall in the forest area.

"About 243 sq km of medium dense forest became very dense forest during the last two years. At the same time, about 317 sq km of MDF turned to open in Odisha," the survey said.

It also showed 1,134 sq km of non-forest land now has a perceptible amount of green cover in the state.

The increase in the forest cover in Odisha is attributed to the Joint Forest Management initiatives by the state government along with several other schemes such as 'Increasing Green Cover' and 'Green Mahanadi Mission', an official said.

"About 43.87 per cent of forest in Odisha is prone to forest fire, the report added.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, January 14 2022. 11:44 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.