Draft National Forest Policy 2018 : Important Topics for UPSC Exams
Seeking to replace the country’s 30-year-old national forest policy, the Centre has come out with a new draft policy which calls for promoting urban greens, public private partnership models for afforestation, strengthening forest fire prevention measures and plantations in catchment areas to rejuvenate water bodies among many proposals to protect India’s green cover.
Currently National forest policy of 1988 is being followed.
The new policy is in line with the present realities of climate change , wildlife and forest management.
It seeks to raise the country’s forest cover from 25% to 30%.
Forest survey of India - Organisation for conducting forest surveys, studies and research to periodically monitor the changing situation of land and forest resources and present the data for national planning, conservation and sustainable management of environmental protection as well for the implementation of social forestry projects.
It works under Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
It is headquartered in Dehradun.
It publishes biennial "The State of Forest Reports". According to 2017 report, In terms of area, Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra.