India’s forest and tree cover has increased by 5,081 sq km, with the total forest cover going up by 3,775 sq m and tree cover by 1,306 sq km, according to the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015 released on 4 November.
The ISFR is published by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), which has been assessing the forest and tree resources of the country on a biennial basis since 1987.
The inventory of forests and trees outside forests (TOF) is carried out in 60 randomly selected districts across the country in a cycle of two years.
The report said the country’s total forest and tree cover is 79.42 million hectares (ha), which is 24.16 percent of the total geographical area.
The total carbon stock in the country’s forest is estimated to be 7,044 million tonnes, an increase of 103 million tonnes, which is an increase of 1.48% over the previous assessments.