Deforestation is a persisting process in India in which about 1.3 hectares of forest land is being lost. The per capita access of forest in India is 0.08 hectares per person which is much lower than the world average of 0.8 hectares. The presence of waste land is a sign of deforestation in India.Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the reduction of a forest or stand of trees in which the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use.About half of the world's original forests had been destroyed by 2011, the majority during the previous 50 years.citation needed Since 1990 half of the world's rain forests have been destroyed.citation needed More than half of the animal and plant species in the world live in tropical forests.