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Increasing green cover

Ambiguity in the definition of forests should be removed

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The government’s forest management record, as portrayed in the State of Forests in India 2019 report, seems a blend of some notable successes and a few glaring failures. While the country’s overall green cover has increased by 5,188 sq km — an area of the size of Delhi and Goa put together — the existing forests are thinning and several north-eastern states and other regions inhabited largely by tribals have lost some of their forests.

This bodes ill for the livelihood security of the large forest-dependent population. It also has socio-economic, and law and order ...

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First Published: Wed, January 08 2020. 23:56 IST
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