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The Economic Survey released by the Department of Economic Affairs recently said that India ranks third in the world in terms of forest gain area. India has added 2,66,000 hectares of forest area every year between 2010 and 2020.
What did the survey say about forest area in India?
24% of the total geographical area of India is covered with forest. The Indian forests accounts to 2% of the forests in the world.
According to the survey, the countries with maximum forest are Brazil, Congo, Peru and Russia. 59% of total land mass of Brazil is covered with forest. It is 57% in Peru, 56% in Congo, 50% in Russia. Around ten countries contributed 66% of global forests.
Forest cover in Indian States
Madhya Pradesh had the highest forest cover. The state has 11% of total forest cover in India. It was followed by Arunachal Pradesh. The state has 9% of the country’s total forest cover. Chhattisgarh has 8%, Odisha has 7% and Maharashtra has 7%.
Highest proportion of forest cover
The highest proportion of forest, that is, area covered under forest as compared to the geographical area of the state is as follows:
The very dense forest cover in India has increased by 20% between 2011 and 2021. The open forest cover increased by 7%.
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