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GIS to monitor nationwide afforestation

New Delhi: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has decided to use a GIS platform to monitor actual afforestation done across the country in the wake of diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes to companies for infrastructure and other projects. The Ministry was alarmed over inaccurate data related to compensatory afforestation supplied by certain state forest departments.

S S Garbyal, Director General (Forest) in a recent meeting of the ad-hoc Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) decided that a GIS platform would be set up in the Ministry allowing easier monitoring of the plantation being done by states as promised at the time of project clearance.

Dehradun-based Forest Survey of India (FSI) has been asked to submit a plan soon. With GIS mapping in place, the senior official will be able to digitally monitor the actual reality first hand instead of asking FSI for status reports.

Source: Indian Express