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India's forest cover up 5,188 sq km in 2 years, Northeast bucks the trend

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the current assessment shows a decrease of forest cover to the extent of 765 sq km in north east India region

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The total tree and cover in the country increased by 5,188 square kilometer in the last two years, said the India State of Report 2019 which was released on Monday by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

While releasing the report, Javadekar said that there is an increase of 42.6 million tonnes in the carbon stock of the country as compared to the last assessment of 2017.

"This report gives us confidence that we are on track to achieve our Paris Agreement goals," he said.

He also said that the current assessment shows a decrease of cover to the extent of 765 sq km (0.45 per cent) in north east India region.

Except Assam and Tripura, all states in the region show decrease in forest cover.

The mangrove cover in the country has increased by 54 sq km (1.10 per cent) as compared to the previous assessment, he said.

First Published: Mon, December 30 2019. 13:15 IST