Forest cover in India
As per the biennial State of Forest Report, 2019
- India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017
- As compared to the assessment of 2017, there are an increase of 5,188 sq. km in the total forest and tree cover of the country.
- The top three states showing an increase in forest cover are Karnataka (1,025 sq. km) followed by Andhra Pradesh (990 sq km) and Kerala (823 sq km).
- Area-wise Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover in the country followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
- In terms of forest cover as a percentage of total geographical area, the top five States are Mizoram (85.41%), Arunachal Pradesh (79.63%), Meghalaya (76.33%), Manipur (75.46%), and Nagaland (75.31%).