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(This story appears in the 06 September, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
I surprised India is on gaining side of forest cover??? I see wherever around me..,during traveling...its all building...building...Crowded shopping complexes..in which we cant even see, from where to go in and where to out! One or two..old trees covered with fumes and dust in mid of road...on Sep 17, 2013
Very good article. China has done well in improving the forest cover. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),Indiaon Sep 10, 2013
China has done well in increasing the forest cover and India is far behind as construed from the figures presented. China aims to increase its forest cover to 40 million hectares over the next decade as part of its commitment to cut down its intensity of carbon emissions by 40 to 45 per cent per unit of GDP by 2020. China will continue to accelerate the pace of forestry development in line with its promise to cut down emissions as compared to the 2005 levels, President Hu Jintao reiterated today. It is working to increase the country’s total forest inventory by 1.3 billion cubic metres from 2005 to 2020, Mr. Hu told the first APEC Forest Ministers meeting here. Representatives from the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and other international organisations attended the meeting. “China is ready to make new contributions to green growth and sustainable growth,” Mr. Hu said. According to a World Bank study, China’s forest cover has grown from nearly 12 per cent to more than 18 per cent in the past 20 years, through a concerted reforestation programme and a country-wide ban on logging. Its goal is to increase forest cover to 23 per cent by 2020. According to the Bank, China has undertaken the biggest plantation programme in the world availing its biggest funding of $ 1.2 billion since 1985. China had committed to voluntary emission reductions to cut down its intensity of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 per cent, compared with 2005 levels. China had also said it would increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 15 per cent and have 40 million more hectares of forest by 2020. In 2007, the APEC leaders set a goal of securing a net growth of 20 million hectares in the region’s forest area by 2020. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),Indiaon Sep 8, 2013