As per Decision 19/Conference of Parties (CP) 9-Kyoto Protocol, the forest can be defined by any country depending upon the capacities and capabilities of the country as follows:-
Forest is a minimum area of land of 0.05-1.0 hectares with tree crown cover (or equivalent stocking level) of more than 10-30 per cent with trees with the potential to reach a minimum height of 2-5 meters at maturity in situ.
Definition of Forest in India: All lands more than 1 hectare in area, with a tree canopy density of more than 10 percent including tree orchards, bamboo, palm etc occuring within recorded forest and other government lands, private community or institutional lands are included in assessment of forest cover.
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*The above data is based on GoI Press release dated 08 Aug 2022. Refer this link