India’s Forest Cover Rising Since 15 Years: Ministry

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India’s Forest Cover Rising Since 15 Years: Ministry

| Updated: May 13, 2024 10:44

Sustainable forest management behind this positive change

India’s forest cover saw a consistent increase over the last 15 years, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) said at the recently concluded United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in the US.

An Indian delegation, led by Jitendra Kumar, director general of forests and special secretary, MoEFCC, participated in the 19th Session of the UNFF, held in New York from May 6 to May 10.

The delegation informed the UNFF that the consistent increase in forest cover was due to the “country’s significant advancements in forest conservation and sustainable forest management,” MoEFCC said on Sunday. Globally, India ranks third in the net gain in average annual forest area between 2010 and 2020, it added.

High priority

The Ministry noted that “biodiversity and wildlife conservation” is of high priority for India. This can be seen in the “expanded network of protected areas to over a thousand wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, and other wildlife habitats.”

The country also marked 50 years of Project Tiger and 30 years of Project Elephant recently.  The delegation also highlighted the creation of the International Big Cat Alliance, along with the introduction of the ‘Green Credit Programme,’ to boost tree plantation and restoration of degraded forest lands.

The UNFF 19 also witnessed a declaration by participating countries to take urgent action to halt deforestation and forest degradation.

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