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India’s forest & tree cover increased by 5, 081 Sq km

India’s forest

Government has said that India’s forest and tree cover has increased by 5, 081 Square kilometre. According to the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015, the total forest and tree cover is 79.42 million hectare, which is 24.16 percent of the total geographical area.

It said, the total forest cover of the country has increased by 3, 775 Square kilometre and the tree cover has gone up by 1, 306 Square kilometre. Releasing the report, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar complimented the states for the increase in forest cover of the country. The maximum increase in forest cover has been observed in Tamil Nadu, followed by Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir. He said, the government is committed to take necessary steps to ensure that the forest cover goes up from 24 per cent to 33 per cent of the total geographical area.