After Kerala and Uttarakhand, Goa has the third highest per hectare growing stock in forest in the country, as per the India State of the Forest Report 2021 of the Forest Survey of India.
Growing stock refers to the volume of all living trees in a particular forested area, and higher per hectare growing stock indicates a highly sustainable and productive forest.
Higher per hectare growing stock also shows the forest is providing good ecosystem service in acting as a carbon sink.
It is also a forest of higher economic value. The volume of living trees in Goa’s forests per hectare is almost double the national figure.
“It is observed that the growing stock at the national level has been estimated as 56. 6 cubic m per hectare,” the ISFR 2021report states.