Forest facts: delving deeper
The government owns the forest. It also owns the statistics on forests. Government sources sporadically throw up reams of information related to forests, which is often difficult to decipher. But now a group of independent researchers has decided to make people understand the country’s forest facts better. They have used these statistics to build comprehensive indices of forest health that quantify India’s green wealth beyond the obvious forest cover statistics.
Green Indicators 2004 , a report developed by a Noida-based group called Inscriptions, is an unprecedented effort. The study examines three aspects