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Nagaland loses 1067 sq. km. of forest cover in 10 years

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DIMAPUR, MARCH 23: With uncontrolled urbanization taking place in the State for more than a decade now, Nagaland saw a decadal decrease of forest cover by 1,067 square kilometres between 2011 and 2021.
This information was given by Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
Citing the latest ISFR 2021, the Minister said decrease of forest cover in Nagaland between ISFR 2011 and 2021 was 1,067 square kilometres.
Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun, an organization under the Ministry, carries out the assessment of forest cover biennially since 1987 and the findings are published in India State of Forest Report (ISFR).
According to the written reply, the total forest cover in Nagaland with a geographical area of 16,579 square kilometres in 2011 was 13,318 sq. Km. This declined to 12,251 sq.Km in 2021 as per ISFR 2021.
The decline in forest cover between 2017 and 2019 was only 3 sq. km but between 2019 and 2021 the decrease in forest cover in the State was 235 sq.Km, the Minister’s reply informed.
(Page News Service)