Source: PRS India
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change released the India State of Forest Report, 2019. The report gives a forest and tree cover map for the country.
Key findings of the report are:
- The total forest cover is around 21.7% of the geographical area of the country.
- The total tree cover is around 2.9% of the geographical area.
- There has been an increase of 0.6% of forest cover, and 1.3% of tree cover compared to the previous assessment in 2017.
- Mangrove cover in the country has increased by 1.1% since the previous assessment.
- The annual removal of small timber by people living in villages around forests is nearly 7% of the average annual yield of forests in the country.
- About 21.4% of the forest cover of the country is highly-to-extremely fire-prone.
Forest cover in India(2019)
|Class||Area(sq Km)||% of area|
|Very dense forest||99,278||3.02%|
|Moderately dense forest||3,08,472||9.38%|
|Total forest cover||7,12,249||21.67%|
|Non-forest and scrub||24,80,193||75.44%|
|Total geographical area||32,87,469||100.00%|
Note: Forest area covers Mangrove cover
Sources: State of Forest Report, 2019