The world has lost a net area of 178 million ha of forest since 1990, which is an area about the size of Libya. The rate of net forest loss decreased substantially over the period 1990–2020 due to a reduction in deforestation in some countries, plus increases in forest area in others through afforestation and the natural expansion of forests.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Satyanarayan Upadhyaya Vs Union of India & Others dated 20/07/2020.

Grievance in this application is against cutting of trees in Kasganj District, Uttar Pradesh. The applicant has also prayed that transplantation machine should be used and instead of cutting the trees, the same be transplanted at other locations.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Mahesh (Bala) T. Vengurlekar Vs State of Maharashtra dated 02/07/2020 regarding illegal felling of 490 Suru trees by the Vengurla Ubhadanda Lineshwar Devasthan (Temple Trust) at Mahsulgaon, Vageshwariwadi, Maharashtra. The NGT had sought a report from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force) on the matter but no report was filed.

Action taken report by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board in compliance to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of March 6, 2020 in the matter of illegal mining by M/s Haryana Mining Company at Khasra No. 122 Pahar Garhi, village Garhi, Tehsil Narnaul, District Mahendergarh in violation of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Order of the High Court of Manipur in the matter of The Manipur Valley Village Reserve Forest Rights Protection Association Vs State of Manipur & Others dated 03/06/2020.

The petitioner had filed a PIL on the issue of forests and reserved forests of Manipur, which were being denuded and illegally encroached for various activities. The order noted that the "destruction of forests and invasion/intrusion of human beings in the forest domain displacing forest species appears to be a major factor for the series of diseases like the present COVID-19."

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Amit @ Bhima Vs Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 01/06/2020.

The application sought direction against cutting of trees outside Anand Vihar Railway station, adjacent to the public toilet near out gate of the railway station. There was also complaint for treatment and cleaning of effluents before discharge in Anand Vihar drain.

Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to the key findings of a flagship report that is conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) every five

Linear infrastructure development is an important driver of forest fragmentation leading to habitat and biodiversity loss as well as disruption of critical ecosystem processes. The tropical forests of India are increasingly impacted by infrastructure development. Little quantitative information is available on the extent of fragmentation due to linear infrastructure on these habitats.

A 32 page preliminary investigation report into the environmental carrying capacity for polluting projects and allied issues in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh made public on Februry 26, 2020 on the National Green Tribunal (NGT) website. The report was in response to the NGT order of July 22, 2019.

Supply Change and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) teamed up to examine the state of corporate reporting on deforestation linked to palm oil production in Indonesia. Supply Change’s database contains over 870 companies, which are tracked by their involvement in one of the “big four” commodity supply chains.

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