More Forests Face the Axe in India

Sal Forest, Jim Corbett National Park, India; Photo by Pooja Parvati

Sal Forest, Jim Corbett National Park, India
Sal Forest, Jim Corbett National Park, India; Photo by Pooja Parvati

Between 2004 and 2013, when United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was in power, 4.07 lakh hectares of forests were cleared for development projects, media reports suggest. The same area of forest land is now said to be under consideration for various project clearances, as reported in the Mint.

“ Data acquired through the Right to Information Act in 2013 by the Environment Impact Assessment Resources and Response Centre, a non-governmental group, says that India’s daily average forest loss stands at 135 hectares—equivalent of at least 184 football pitches.
Scientists and conservationists argue that plantations are not true forests.”

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