Goa’s forest cover increased by 19 sq kms in 2017: FSI report

With total 60.21% forest cover, the state ranks 9th in the country; South and North Goa reported increase of 12 sq kms & 7 sq kms in the forest area respectively. As per the latest biennial assessment by Forest Survey of India (FSI), Goa’s forest cover has increased by 19 sq kms in 2017 thus ranking the small state at the 9th position in the country with total 60.21 per cent forest cover. The report published by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) indicated that the forest cover in the State has increased by 19 sq kms compared to that in 2015, which reported 5 sq kms.