Forests cover 24% of India, country committed to increasing carbon sink capacity

India’s total forest cover has increased 5,081 km2, according to the Forest Survey of India, a biennial assessment of India’s forest cover released December 4.

An update on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), outlining the country’s intention to create additional carbon sink capacities, was released during the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris.

India remains committed to increasing its carbon sink capacity, said Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, at the conference.

The 2015 survey reports India’s total forest and tree cover at 79.42 million hectares or just over 24% of the country’s total area.

 

Source: ITTO