Here we examine recent disparate estimates of deforestation obtained for India. We discuss the sources of disparity and the implications of inaccurate estimates and suggest ways in which future attempts at estimating deforestation might reconcile the disparity. Despite the importance of deforestation and its consequences, no attempt has been made to reconcile the different estimates obtained for India.


deforestation, India, tropical forests, biodiversity, carbon dioxide


Biology | Forest Sciences | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology


Copyright 1998 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. From AMBIO, by Shaily Menon and Kamaljit S. Bawa. Reprinted by permission of Allen Press Publishing Services