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Northeastern Indian state to map forest cover

Kohima, India: Forest Survey of India (FSI) and the Nagaland state department of forest will soon map the state’s forest cover and create an inventory of green resources, announced M Lokehwara Rao, additional principal chief conservator of forests. It will enable the state to prepare a district-wise forest management plans as mandated by the 13th Finance Commission Awards.

Rao added that officials will use remote-sensing GIS tools and satellite data for the project. He also claimed that Nagaland will become the first state in the northeast to map its forest cover. Forest Survey of India, Dehradun, which functions under the ministry of environment and forests, is expected to complete the process in 18 months.

“A tentative work plan has been chalked out after detailed discussions and the entire project should be complete within 18 months. It is significant to note that, as pointed out by the officials of Forest Survey of India, Nagaland is the first northeastern state to embark upon this ambitious project using remotely sensed satellite data,” stated the government’s press statement.

Source: Times of India