A Rs 56,000-Cr ‘Afforestation’ Fund Threatens India’s Indigenous Communities
Korea (Chhattisgarh), Keonjhar (Odisha): One day in the summer of 2016—Babulal Salaam does not recall the exact date—workers arrived at this Gond ...
Why the recent Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act (with its Rs 56,000 cr “afforestation” scheme) is on a collision course with India's landmark Forest Rights Act that recognised the rights of Adivasis & forest-dwellers
India set to spend Rs 56,000 cr ($8bn) to plant trees to replace forests chopped for mines/industries. “I call it blood money; it reflects forests we’ve lost & you can never recreate what is being destroyed:” a senior forest officer
Under Indian law, large industrial or infrastructure projects that fell forests must create forests elsewhere. Forest depts, however, just create monoculture plantations--a far cry from thriving forest ecosystems--often on lands that belong to tribals
investigates how offset afforestation through $8 billion CAMPA funds leads to displacement of IPs and local communities, causing conflicts