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Forest area estimation and reporting: implications for conservation, management and REDD

Ravindranath, NH and Murthy, IK and Priya, Joshi and Upgupta, Sujata and Mehra, Swapan and Nalin, Srivastava (2014) Forest area estimation and reporting: implications for conservation, management and REDD. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 106 (9). pp. 1201-1206.

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Abstract

Periodic estimation, monitoring and reporting on area under forest and plantation types and afforestation rates are critical to forest and biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management and for meeting international commitments. This article is aimed at assessing the adequacy of the current monitoring and reporting approach adopted in India in the context of new challenges of conservation and reporting to international conventions and agencies. The analysis shows that the current mode of monitoring and reporting of forest area is inadequate to meet the national and international requirements. India could be potentially over-reporting the area under forests by including many non-forest tree categories such as commercial plantations of coconut, cashew, coffee and rubber, and fruit orchards. India may also be under-reporting deforestation by reporting only gross forest area at the state and national levels. There is a need for monitoring and reporting of forest cover, deforestation and afforestation rates according to categories such as (i) natural/primary forest, (ii) secondary/degraded forests, (iii) forest plantations, (iv) commercial plantations, (v) fruit orchards and (vi) scattered trees.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Afforestation; deforestation; forest cover; monitoring and reporting; REDD
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 06:37
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 06:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49309

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