India announces plans to increase forest cover


India plans to increase its current 24 per cent forest cover to raise the carbon sink to 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes in 2030.

The focus will be on planting trees outside the forests and in the agro-forestry sector, according to former Forestry Director General S.S Negi, at the opening of the Commonwealth Forestry Conference in Dehradun, India.

The government also announced plans to manage its compensatory afforestation fund created from deposits by agencies when forest land is converted for industrial development or infrastructure purposes.


Source: ITTO