According to Global Forest Watch, the world lost 12 million hectares of tropical tree cover in 2018. It was the fourth-highest annual decline
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.
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