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1,777 Square Kilometers Forest Lost to Coal Mining in Satpuda-Pench Corridor

Coal News - Published on Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Image Source: Pench Satpuda Tiger Reserves
TOI recently reported that even as government is going ahead with its auction of coal blocks, latest study on land use land cover change in the wildlife corridor connecting the Pench and Satpuda tiger reserves reveals a systematic loss of 1,037 square kilometers and 740 square kilometers of dense forests and open forests respectively to scrub forests of density less than 10% tree cover. The lost forest area comes to 1,777 square kilometers, equivalent to 13 times the area of Bor Tiger Reserve. The study for 17-year period between April 2002-19 analyzed using GIS and remote sensing techniques also finds that a net area of 2,055sqkm of forests were diverted for agriculture indicating extensive encroachment of forest land. Water bodies have reduced by 26% in the period under study.

The study Land use change and wildlife conservation, case analysis of Pench-Satpuda wildlife corridor, was conducted by Sujoy Banerjee, an IFS officer, Tuomo Kauranne Finland and Mirja Mikkila department of sustainability sciences, LUT-University Finland. It has been recently published in a reputable international journal.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 27 Jul 2020
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