8 Jan 2020

India State of Forest Report, 2019Quick read

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%
Open forest 3,04,499 9.26%
Total forest cover 7,12,249 21.67%
Tree cover 95,027 2.89%
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

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