Green land grab
Forest-dwelling communities face double dispossession under compensatory afforestation: first, when their customary forests are diverted for development projects, and again, when plantations to offset the forest diversion are set up on their lands.
The forest department will need millions of acres of 'wasteland' and 'degraded land' for tree plantation in the coming years.
Who will lose their land in the name of 'offsetting' harm elsewhere? Why not just stop deforestation at its source?
These interactive maps contain satellite imagery obtained from the MoEFCC's e-Greenwatch website, of 17 plantation sites representing the major violations due to CA.
The time-lapse imagery shows CA plantations are:
1) Set up on lands which were previously under cultivation, habitation or for common use, suggesting violations of FRA and Atrocities Act.
2) Set up on areas which were previously, or continue to be, dense natural forests.