ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020

Forest Cover of India 2015 - 2017

 Forest Cover of India (2015-2017)

 

Class
2015
2017
Forest Cover
Area
% of Geographic Area
Area
% of Geographic Area
Very dense forest
85,904
2.61
98,158
2.99
Moderately dense forest
3,15,374
9.59
3,08,318
9.38
Open Forest
3,00,395
9.14
3,01,797
9.17
Total forest cover
7,01,673#
21.34
7,08,273*
21.54
Scrub
41,362
1.26
45,979
1.40
Non-forest
25,44,228
77.40
25,33,217
77.06
Total geographic area
32,87,263
100.00
32,87,469
100.00
 
 

 

#        includes 4,740 sq. km under mangroves

*        includes 4,921 sq. km under mangrove cover

          Percentage rounded off 

 
 
Source: Forest Survey of India, Dehradun. State of Forest Report (2015-17).