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Centre taken measures to conserve forests

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Protection and management of forests is primarily the responsibility of State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. There are strong legal frameworks for protection and management of forests under various acts and rules such as Indian Forest Act, 1927, Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and the State Governments /UT Administrations take appropriate actions in accordance with the provisions made under these Acts/ Rules, including other State/UT Specific Acts and Rules.

The Ministry provides financial assistance to the States/UTs under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes namely Forest Fire Prevention and Management Scheme, Green India Mission, Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority and Development of Wildlife habitat (DWH).

These schemes support in the conservation and restoration of forests including forest fire prevention and mitigation activities, ecological restoration of degraded forest areas through afforestation and reforestation activities, habitat improvement, soil and water conservation measures and protection etc.

The details of funds released under Forest Fire Prevention and Management Scheme to various States/UTs during the last three years are given in Annexure- I.

The details of funds released under Green India Mission to various State/UTs during last three years are given in Annexure-II

The details of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds utilized by the States/UTs during last three years are given in Annexure-III.

The details of funds released under Development of Wildlife Habitats to various States/UTs during the last three years are given in Annexure- IV.

As per the India State of Forest Report, 2021, the total forest cover of the country is 7,13,789 square kilometers which is 21.71% of the geographical area of the country. The forest cover has increased by 1,540 square kilometers between ISFR 2019 and ISFR 2021 assessment are given in Annexure-V.

As reported by the State Forest Department of Rajasthan, details of activities carried out and amount spent in the year 2022-2023 are given in Annexure –VI.

As per the report received from State Forest Department of Rajasthan, there are no displaced forest villages in the State.

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