Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Expansion of Forest Areas in the Country

There is no hortage of forest areas in the country.According to the India State of Forest Report 2009, based upon the biennial assessment by Forest Survey of India, there is an increase in the forest cover of the country from 690171 square km in 2005 to 690899 square km in 2007.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Afforestation Programme (NAP) Scheme for regeneration of degraded forests and adjoining areas in the country. The scheme is being implemented through a decentralized mechanism of State Forest Development Agency (SFDA) at State level, Forest Development Agency (FDA) at Forest Division level and Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) at village level. From inception till March, 2011 an amount of Rs. 2547.36 crores has been released for afforestation works over an area of 1.74 million ha. across the country. During 11th Plan (2007-08 to 201011), an amount of Rs. 1366.72 crores has been released to the states under NAP for afforestation. During the current financial year 2011-12, an amount of Rs. 104.89 crores has been released for taking up afforestation works including new works in an area of 86.648 ha. till 31st October, 2011.

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