MPFS has adopted the Land Resources Mapping Project (LRMP) categorization of land use as follows:

  • Cultivated lands:  All lands under agricultural practices.
  • No cultivated inclusions: these are small pockets of land close to cultivated lands; too small to be mapped at a scale of 1:50,000. Although these pockets are not mapped separately from cultivated areas, there are nevertheless measured as a distinct land use category. They may contain barren areas, trees, shrubs, or grass.
  • Grasslands: large flat lands covered by grasses with the minimal number of other vegetation.
  • Forested lands: must have at least 10% crown cover but small pockets of plantation and burned areas are also included.
  • Other lands: All land areas not included in other categories and may include rocky areas, lakes, ponds, waterways or settlements.

 

 

Cultivated lands

 

NCIs

 

Grasslands

Forested lands
(Forest plantatn)
 Shrub lands/ degraded forestlands.
Other lands

 

Total

High Himal

High mountains

Mid mountains

Siwalicks

Terai

8

244

1223

269

1309

1

148

667

59

123

 

885

508

278

16

58

155

1639

1811

1438

475

67

176

404

29

30

2234

245

59

75

116

3350

2960

4442

1886

2110

FWDR

MWDR

WDR

CDR

EDR

302

465

608

818

859

113

178

229

239

239

212

783

437

138

175

991

1641

900

1063

923

52

76

142

238

198

274

1138

619

238

460

 

1944

4281

2935

2734

2845

Total
Percent (%)
3052
(21%)
998
(7%)
1745
(12%)
5518
(37%)
706
(5%)
2729
(18%)
14748
(100%)

Land suitable for Forestry purpose (‘000 ha)

 

Forested plantation

Shrub lands

Grasslands

NCIs

Total

% Of area.

High Himal

High mountains

Mid mountains

Siwaliks

Terai

155

1639

1811

1438

475

67

176

404

29

30

109

364

281

17

58

1

104

601

53

31

332

2283

3097

1537

594

10%

77%

70%

82%

28%

FWDR

MWDR

WDR

CDR

EDR

991

1641

900

1063

923

52

76

142

238

198

159

304

180

80

106

89

141

192

185

183

1291

2162

1414

1566

1410

66%

51%

48%

57%

49%

Total

Percent (%)

5518

70%

706

9%

829

11%

789

10%

7842

100%

53%

   Source: MPFS (1988/89)

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