17 June, 2020
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India State of Forest Report (ISFR)
Part of: GS-I- Geography and Forest (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)
State of Forest Report (SFR 2017)
India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2019
The Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has released the India State of Forest Report (ISFR), 2019.
Note: Recorded Forest Area: The area recorded as forest in the Government records. Green Wash: The extent of wooded areas generally shown in light green colour on the Survey of India toposheets.
Mangrove cover in the country has increased by 54 sq km (1.10%) as compared to the previous assessment.
The total carbon stock of the country was estimated at 7124 million tons, which is an increase of 42.6 million tons from the last assessment. It implies that India is on the right track to achieve its Paris Agreement commitment of 2.5 -3 billion carbon sinks.
The total number of wetlands located within the RFA/GW is 8.13%. Amongst the States, Gujarat has the largest area of wetlands within RFA in the country followed by West Bengal.
Dependence of fuelwood on forests is the highest in the State of Maharashtra, whereas, for fodder, small timber and bamboo, dependence is highest in Madhya Pradesh. The analysis reveals that 21.40% of the forest cover of the country is highly to extremely fire prone.
National Forest Policy, 1988
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