It is good news for nature lovers in India. The forest cover in the country has increased at a better rate as compared to the world average.
Ajay Narayan Jha, secretary, ministry of environment and forests said, “The world over, average per capita forest cover has declined from 0.8 ha to 0.6 ha per person but in India, a net increase of 1.82% forest cover has been registered in the past 30 years.”
He pointed out that the country had 24% forest cover with 7 billion tonnes of carbon sink – a natural reservoir that absorbs carbon and helps counter the effects of global warming. He also revealed that the ministry plans to add 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes to the carbon sink by 2030 by planting around 100 crore trees outside the forests.