IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 3 (Science-Tech, Economy, Environment, & Disaster Management) Indian Agriculture-Scope and Significance Study Material (Page 18 of 24)

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Deforestation: Change in Forest Cover, Biodiversity and Protected Areas

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Change in Forest Cover

Between 1990 and 2010, India lost 224,750 ha or 0.35 % forest-cover per year. Between 2013 to 2015, there has been an increase of 0.64 % of forest and tree cover.

As of 2015, total forest area stands at 7,01, 673 with Madhya Pradesh being the state with largest area under forest and Mizoram with highest forest cover as percent of its area.

As per the India State of Forest Report, 2015 the total carbon stock in India՚s forest is estimated to be 7044 million tons. The majority increase is seen in open forest (9.14 % increase) category followed by Very Dense Forest (2.61 % increa…

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Deforestation: Local Traditions: Forests & Wildlife Conservation

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Local Traditions: Forests & Wildlife Conservation

Indian mythology considered many animals as manifestation of Gods like Shukdev (parrot god) , Varah (boar) , Hanuman (monkey) etc. Mahatma Gandhi was a deep ecologist and is said to be a ″ Ture Gaian ″ . There are several examples of small communities who initiate external formal structures of law and governance to protect their forests and safeguard their environment, in direct conflict with…

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