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FOREST & TREE COVER OF DELHI AS PER INDIA SFR - 2009:
 
Para 4.1 of the National Forest Policy, 1988 provides that a minimum of 1-3rd of the total land area of the country should be under forest or tree cover. In the hills and in mountainous regions, the aim should be to maintain 2-3rd of the area under such cover in order to prevent erosion and land degradation and to ensure stability of the fragile eco-system. Taking the above strategy in view, the Govt. of NCT of Delhi is making all endeavors to meet the national goal as set by the Central Govt. and is constantly adding to the Green Cover of the State which is reflected the change in Forest and Tree Cover given below:
 
S.No State of Forest Report Forest/ Tree Cover (in sq. km.) Percentage of Geographic Area
1 1993 22 1.48
2 1995 26 1.75
3 1997 26 1.75
4 1999 88 5.93
5 2001 151 10.2
6 2003 268 18.07
7 2005 283 19.09
8 2009 299.58 20.20
 
Source: Forest Survey of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, G.O.I.
 
As per the India State of Forest Report (SFR)-2009, the total Forest and Tree Cover of NCT of Delhi is 299.58 sq. km. (20.20%) as against 283sq. km. (19.09%) reported in SFR-2005. This is made up of 123 sq. kms. of tree cover and 176.58 sq. kms. of forest cover making a total of 299.58 sq. kms. Thus there is an increase of Green Cover of Delhi from 19.09% to 20.20% which works out to 1.11% of the geographic area.
 
Category SFR -2003 (area in sq. km./% of geographic area) SFR-2005 (area in sq. km./% of geographic area) India SFR – 2009 (area in sq. km./% of geographic area)
Tree Cover Forest Cover 98 (6.61%)
170 (11.46%)
107 ( 7.22%)
176 (11.87%)
123 (8.29%)
176.58 (11.91%)
268 ( 18.07%) 283 (19.09%) 299.58 (20.20%)
 
The extent of division-wise and district-wise forest cover of Delhi as per the India State of Forest Report, 2009 is as under:
Forest Division Revenue District Geo. Area(in Sq. Km.) Forest Cover (in Sq. Km.) % of Geo. Area
South Forest Division Central Delhi

25

5.05

20.20

New Delhi

35

16.31

46.60

South Delhi

250

78.64

31.46

North Forest Division East Delhi

64

5.05

4.67

North-East Delhi

60

3.59

5.89

North Delhi

59

4.81

8.15

West Forest Division North-West Delhi

440

16.41

3.73

South-West Delhi

421

42.45

10.08

West Delhi

129

6.33

4.91

Total

1,489

176.58

11.91

 
Despite several infrastructural projects and large scale construction taking place in Delhi, the Forest and Tree Cover of Delhi has been increasing on a sustained basis from 22 Sq. Km. (1.48%) in 1993 to 299.58 Sq. Km. (20.20%) in 2009. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has also complemented Delhi on its rising green cover over the years.
 
The Ministry of Environment & Forests recognizing the efforts made by NCT of Delhi and maintaining the pace of greening, on 19.11.2009, has awarded Indira Priyadarshani Vriksh Mitra Award for the year 2008 to the Government of NCT of Delhi for the first time been which carries a Cash Award of Rs.2.5 lakh and a Citation.
 
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