since records began in 2001.
- Much of the loss occurred in primary rainforests. Mature trees that absorb more carbon and are harder to replace.
- India has lost over 1.6 million hectare of tree cover between 2001 and 2018, according to a new study released by the World Resources
- Five north-eastern states — Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur were responsible for over 50% of all tree
cover loss in the same period
- But Global Forest Watch’s findings are vastly different from that of the Forest Survey of India which has been recording a gradual increase in tree and forest cover. According to FSI, in the last two years forest and tree cover has increased by 1% in India.
- Indonesia has the world’s third-largest total area of tropical forest and is also the biggest producer of palm oil. Environmentalists blame much of the forest destruction on land clearance for oil palm plantations.