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NE loses forest cover the size of Mumbai

DNMUM407687 | 2/13/2018 | Author : Nikhil M Ghanekar | WC :297 | India

New Delhi: Even as the India State of the Forest Report (ISFR), 2017, recorded a rise of 6,778 sq km in the country’s forest cover, the Northeast region lost 630 sq km of forests, an area more than the size of Mumbai city.
In fact, the region has consistently recorded loss of over 500 sq km since the beginning of the decade, the State of Forest reports between 2011 and now show. The Forest Survey of India and Environment Ministry said during the report’s release on Monday that shifting cultivations, developmental activities and anthropogenic pressures have been the chief causes for the loss of forest cover.
Northeastern states constitute only 7.9 per cent of geographical area of the country but accounts for nearly one-fou
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