News By/Courtesy: Jyoti Goel | 12 Oct 2018 11:05am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Another dejecting news says the Eastern Ghats have lost about 16% of its precious forest cover in a span of a century.
  • Researchers of University of Hyderabad studied the situation from 1920 to 2015 have given the data that the early forest cover of 43.4% has reduced to 27.5%.
  • The diversity of the Eastern Ghats which stretches across Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is at stake now.

Another dejecting news says the Eastern Ghats have lost about 16% of its precious forest cover in a span of a century.  Researchers of University of Hyderabad studied the situation from 1920 to 2015 have given the data that the early forest cover of 43.4% has reduced to 27.5 %, which includes 8% being used for the agricultural purpose and 4% for grasslands. Fragmentation has increased to a whooping number. All this has posed a threat to more than 2500 species of flora. Favorable habitats have reduced considerably for the endemic, endangered and rare species of plants which have posed a great threat to them. The diversity of the Eastern Ghats which stretches across Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is at stake now. The main habitat reduction has been in a district of Gajapati (Odisha), Mahbubnagar (Telangana), and Nallamalai and Kolli hills. Where agriculture was the main culprit victimizing the forest cover, mining and other constructional work such as building dams, roads etc. have taken its place. The Eastern Ghats fail to fetch enough attention for studies and conservation as the Western Ghats do. The government needs to fund for them as well as they are a huge number of species of plants and fauna and also tribal communities depend on it.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 12 Oct 2018 11:10am IST


Tags : #India#Environment#Eastern Ghat

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