By Sunitha Bhaskar and Jasmeet Bagga
The authors are Director, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Researcher, University of Delhi, Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
A statistical assessment of the state of India’s forests after the implementation of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 is attempted in the paper. The increasing green cover and decreasing trend in diversion of forest area after 2001 seem to be positive signs.
The forests in India, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, also help in the prevention of floods and soil erosion apart from being responsible for water and oxygen. Forests are widely exploited for timber, fuelwood, charcoal, medicines, food, trees, habitat and recreation. The Forest Survey of India (FSI), under the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, has been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring the forest and tree cover. India is among the few countries in the...