India adding 300K hectares of forest every year: UN

United Nations: Asia is leading the afforestation activity in the world with a significant contribution from India which is adding 300,000 hectares of forest every year, a senior UN official said.

"I would highlight India, which still has important population growth. The forests in India are growing at 300,000 hectare per annum," Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Forestry Director of Food and Agriculture Organisation told journalists on Wednesday.

According to the `State of the World`s Forests` report, published by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, five countries — India, China, Australia, Indonesia and Myanmar ?- had the largest forested area in Asia and Pacific region.

These countries accounted for 74 per cent of the forest in the region with China and Australia alone accounting for almost half the forest area of the region.

In Asia and Pacific region, forests were lost at a rate of 0.