Forest Survey of India [FSI]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 30, 2022, 16:20

The Forest Survey of India [FSI] is a government of India organization under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Its main task is to undertake a survey and assessment of the country's forest resources.

Forest Survey of India [FSI] History

In 1965, it began as an FAO/UNDP/GOI project known as the Pre-Investment Survey of Forest Resources (PISFR). PISFR's area of activities was expanded in response to growing information needs, and it was renamed Forest Survey of India in 1981.

The Forest Survey of India superseded the "Pre-investment Survey of Forest Resources" (PISFR), a project started by the Indian government in 1965 with support from the FAO and the UNDP.

Notable information regarding the Forest Survey of India [FSI]

At headquarters, FSI is led by a Director-General, who is assisted by two Joint Directors and eight Deputy Directors. A Regional Director leads each Zonal office, which is supported by one or two Deputy Directors. The Forest Geoinformatics Division (FGD) and the Forest Inventory & Training Division are led by the Joint Directors at the headquarters (FITD).

Director oversees the Forest Survey of India [FSI]. Dehradun is where the organization's headquarters are located. It has four-zone offices in Shimla, Kolkata, Nagpur, and Bengaluru, each led by a Joint Director.

Aside from the above, there are three units at the Dehradun headquarters, each led by a Joint Director. National Forest Data Management Centre, Vegetation Mapping Unit, and Training Unit are the three units.

At the headquarters, there are three more technical units, each led by a Deputy Director. These are the following: Machine Data Management Unit, Agency Work Unit, and the Methodology Unit.

Forest Survey of India [FSI] Major Activities

Some of the activities carried out by the Forest Survey of India [FSI] include -

  • Forest Cover Assessment
  • Inventory of Forest areas
  • Thematic Maps
  • Inventory of Trees Outside Forests (Rural & Urban)
  • Inventory data processing
  • Methodology Design, Training
  • Extension and Projects and Consultancies
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Functions of the Forest Survey of India [FSI]

  • Once every two years, produce a thorough State of the Forest Report (SFR) that includes the National Forest Vegetation Map (NVM). On a ten-year cycle, it will also produce thematic maps using remote sensing data with the bare minimum of ground truth verification.
  • To gather, store, and retrieve forestry and forestry-related data for national and state-level planning, as well as to develop a computer-based National Basic Forest Inventory System (NBFIS).
  • To provide advice to states and territories on the design and development of regional NBFIS.

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FAQs on Forest Survey of India [FSI]

Q1. When was the Forest Survey of India [FSI] set up?

In 1965, it began as an FAO/UNDP/GOI project known as the Pre-Investment Survey of Forest Resources (PISFR). PISFR's area of activities was expanded in response to growing information needs, and it was renamed Forest Survey of India [FSI] in 1981.

Q2. What is the headquarters of the Forest Survey of India [FSI] location?

The headquarters office of the Forest Survey of India [FSI] is in Dehradun, India.

Q3. According to the report created by the Forest Survey of India [FSI] how much forest area has expanded in India in the last few years?

According to the report created by the Forest Survey of India [FSI], The country's overall forest and tree cover increased by 2,261 sq. km in the last two years, according to the Forest Survey Report 2021.

Q4. Who does the Forest Survey of India [FSI] function under?

The Ministry of Environment and Forests oversees the Forest Survey of India [FSI].