Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupendra Yadav (Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav) Has released a report on Thursday, according to which greenery has increased in India in the last two years. Global warming (Global Warming) and climate change (C)limit Change, In the midst of this news is certainly comforting. According to the biennial report released on the current status of the forest area, since the year 2019 till now, the area of forests and trees in the country has increased by 2,261 square kilometers. In this, the forest area has increased by 1,540 square kilometers and the area of tree cover has increased by 721 square kilometers. The total forest and tree cover of the country is 80.9 million hectares. This is 24.62 percent of the geographical area of the country.
Bhupendra Yadav said that more than 33 percent of the geographical area of 17 states and union territories is under forest cover. He said that the focus of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not only on conservation. The government is working to enrich the forests quantitatively as well as qualitatively.
Northeast states raised concern
The situation in the northeastern states is a matter of concern. The forest area in these states has reduced by 1,020 square kilometers. Arunachal Pradesh has the maximum reduction of 257 sq km. The forest area of 249 sq km has been reduced in Manipur, 235 sq km in Nagaland, 186 sq km in Mizoram and 73 sq km in Meghalaya. According to the report, there has been an increase of 0.22 percent in the forest area and 0.76 percent in the tree cover as compared to 2019. Now the total forest area and tree cover is in 8.09 million hectares, which is 24.62 percent of the total geographical area of the country.
After open forest, very dense forest has seen an increase in forest cover. The maximum forest area has increased in Andhra Pradesh (647 sq km). It is followed by Telangana (632 sq km) and Odisha (537 sq km). Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest area in the country in terms of area. It is followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra. Bhupendra Yadav said that the work of conservation of forests and plantation is going on fast in the country. Under the National Green Mission, there is a preparation to bring some more new schemes soon.