J&K records increasing trend of forest carbon: DG FSI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 24: Forest Survey of India (FSI) Director General, Dr Subash Ashutosh today said that Jammu & Kashmir State has shown an increasing trend of forest carbon in last 10 years.
He was addressing officers of J&K Forest Department here at one day workshop on E-Greenwatch portal for digital monitoring of plantation works at Forest Information Centre.
Elaborating on the subject, he informed that Udhampur district has the unique distinction of having the varied number of forest types in the country, indicating high biodiversity in a single district.
The DG FSI highlighted the ongoing cooperation between FSI and J&K Forest Department for preparation of National Forest Inventory. He informed that the data generated during the exercise will be used to estimate availability of wood for Wood Based Industries of the State, besides utilisation in estimating Intended Nationally Determined Contribution.
While speaking on the occasion, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Suresh Chugh emphasized on the need of adopting digital approach to concurrent monitoring of field works to bring transparency and help better decision making.
The workshop was attended by senior officers of Forest Department including P K Singh, Director Soil conservation, Sameer Bharti, CCF Jammu, B. Mohandass, CF, East, Dr. Jitinder Kumar Singh CF, West, M.K. Kumar, Regional Director, Social Forestry Department Jammu, Harmohinder Singh, CF, Working Plan and DFOs of various forest divisions and technicians. Sarvesh  Rai,  Addl. PCCF and Chief Executive Officer, CAMPA organized the event.