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India plans to increase its forest and tree cover to 33% of its land area.(HT File Photo)

India's commitments to increase tree and forest cover

By Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 09:42 PM IST
The study has been authored by Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Benjamin Clark and Ruth DeFries
The environment ministry’s forest advisory committee during one of its meetings in February eased norms for ecotourism projects by allowing them to build “non-permanent” structures in protected areas without permission from the central government.(HT file photo)
The environment ministry’s forest advisory committee during one of its meetings in February eased norms for ecotourism projects by allowing them to build “non-permanent” structures in protected areas without permission from the central government.(HT file photo)

Govt paves way for ecotourism in forest areas; experts remain wary

By Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2021 08:35 AM IST
A list of protected areas where ecotourism can be developed has also been appended to the guidelines. The guidelines are however not in public domain yet.

Chandigarh shows highest increase in forest cover among UTs in 2 yrs

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rachna Verma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:47 AM IST
It has gone up by 2% from 21.56 to 22.03 sq km
Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and private companies may be given a chance to raise these trees and earn from it,” a senior official said.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT File Photo)
Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and private companies may be given a chance to raise these trees and earn from it,” a senior official said.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT File Photo)

NDA 2.0: Environment ministry to fast-track draft policies on land banks, forest cover

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 11:02 AM IST
The environment ministry is expecting state governments to send their comments on the draft amendment to the Indian Forest Act, which among other things, empowers forest department officials to arrest without warrant and carry arms.
An expert committee report has recommended that the Union environment ministry rework the methodology to determine forest cover by mapping areas under various monocultures plantations.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
An expert committee report has recommended that the Union environment ministry rework the methodology to determine forest cover by mapping areas under various monocultures plantations.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Rework method to assess forest cover, panel tells environment ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 07:11 AM IST
The report on developing a ‘strategy to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 and 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from forest and tree cover’ was released by environment minister Harsh Vardhan.
Trekkers walk through a forest, Triund, Himachal Pradesh, 2018(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Trekkers walk through a forest, Triund, Himachal Pradesh, 2018(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Why the latest study on global forest cover must be taken with a pinch of salt

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Like the Indian government’s State of Forest report, the study by two US universities also fails to make a distinction between forest cover and tree cover
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