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Forest survey is done in every two years to recognise areas which are covered under forest cover. Last forest survey was done in 2017 and report of 2019 is not published yet.
Forest Survey of India defines forests as “all trees with canopy density over 10 per cent having an extent of more than one hectare (being the minimum mapping unit) including bamboo, palms, orchards, coconut, etc within recorded forest, private, community or institutional lads are thus reflected in the assessment of forest cover”.
But as of yet, there is no official definition of forests.
Bombay High Court, said states are required to notify an area as forest as per an earlier direction of the apex court but Maharashtra has still not done so.
Some of the Aarey colony area was “un-classed forests” in Maharashtra government records. The Forest Survey of India defines un-classed forests as recorded forests but not classified as reserve or protected forests; the ownership of such forests varies across states.
Siddhanta Das, director general, forests, ministry of environment said : “There should be no confusion on what are forests. There are three categories of forests—notified forests, recorded forests, which means they are not notified but are listed as forest in government records, and deemed forests, where land which has characteristics of a forest is notified. State governments have been asked to develop criteria to declare deemed forests. Some states have done it, many haven’t. We are not party to the Aarey case but if we are asked we will submit this.”
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