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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Online consultation on the first draft of the FAO voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring

Kuruppacharil V. Peter
Kuruppacharil V. PeterKerala Agricultural UniversityIndia

The scientific basis of a minimum 33% of land area under forest cover is not known.In the southern state of Kerala(India) an aerial survey will indicate more green cover due to plantation crops like coconut, rubber, palmyrah, cardamom, coffee, tea ,cashew and cocoa.Forestry and agro-forestry are terms loosely used.Clarity for following are needed:

1.With dwindling human habitat and urbanisation , there is heavy pressure on land.Intrusion into declared forest area is rampant.Is it practical to fix a proportion as under forest cover?

2.Awareness on forests and forestry need to be a part of sylabi in primary school level.

(K V Peter)