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Study Reveals Sharp Decline In Forest Area In Northeast India

In a study conducted by the Univesity of Maryland, about 5-14% of the country's total loss in forest area was recorded in the northeast region.

Study Reveals Sharp Decline In Forest Area In Northeast India

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 Oct 2021 5:23 AM GMT

Guwahati: A study has revealed that India has lost about 143,000 hectares of forest area by 2020. The forest area cover has declined by 4.6% as compared to 2001.

In addition, the study further revealed that the Northeast region of India has recorded the highest loss of forest area of more than 110,000 hectares.

This was reported in the forest change data of the University of Maryland.

The report stated that in the period between 2001 and 2020, the northeast region of India recorded about 5-14% of the country's loss of forest area cover.

Among the northeastern states, Assam had recorded the highest loss of tree canopy. The tree canopy has been reduced by 14.1 per cent in the period between 2001 and 2020.

The fastest decline in forest area among the northeastern states was recorded in Nagaland and Tripura.

To illustrate the loss, more than a million satellite images were used to process and analyse the study by the researchers of the University of Maryland.

The illustrators made use of algorithms to identify individual pixel values for every tree canopy lost so that even the slightest change in the forest area was calculated.

Loss of tree cover can be credited to deforestation, timber harvesting, or natural causes like forest fire or storms.

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