CAF Petition- Full Text

We write to you today as lawyers and concerned citizens regarding the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act passed in parliament on July 26th, 2016. We seek to bring to your attention the national and international legal standards that the CAF Act fails to comply with. We request immediate attention to the legal violations addressed here … Continue reading CAF Petition- Full Text

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Researchers and environmental lawyers petition the Rajya Sabha to amend the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act(2016)

Environmental lawyers and researchers petitioned the Rajya Sabha in December, 2017 with concerns regarding the Compensatory Afforestation Act of 2016. The Compensatory Afforestation Act was passed in 2016 amidst great contestation. Forest rights groups oppose the Act, citing concerns regarding it implication for forest-dwelling communities. This petition highlights the failure of the CAF Act in … Continue reading Researchers and environmental lawyers petition the Rajya Sabha to amend the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act(2016)

Green grabbing: Compensatory afforestation in India

BY CHRIS LANG *This article originally appeared in the REDD-Monitor In India, when an area of forest land is cleared, an equivalent area of land has to be afforested. Since 2006, the government has imposed a fee on companies that clear forests for mining, industry, or other projects. The money goes into the Compensatory Afforestation Fund. … Continue reading Green grabbing: Compensatory afforestation in India

MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS (MOTA) FAILS TO PROTECT TRIBAL RIGHTS IN TIGER RESERVES

BY MANASI KARTHIK AND ARPITHA KODIVERI This article is a follow up to the recent development on the NTCA directive that has been the subject of a prior piece by the authors on the SLR Forum here. On August 10th, 2017, eighty-five tribal hutments from the village of Vazhaithottam were razed to the ground.[1] Irular and Jenu Kurumbar … Continue reading MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS (MOTA) FAILS TO PROTECT TRIBAL RIGHTS IN TIGER RESERVES

NTCA Directive Leads Us Into Legal Limbo

BY MANASI KARTHIK AND ARPITHA KODIVERI Kethan was making his way back home one evening in November 2015 from the low-lying vayals (wetlands) near the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve where he tends to banana crops as a daily-wage labourer. As he walked down one of the mud-trails to his tribal hamlet, he found himself face to … Continue reading NTCA Directive Leads Us Into Legal Limbo

Missing the Forest For the Trees (Part 3)

BY MANASI KARTHIK AND ARPITHA KODIVERI On Nov 8th, 2017 the government allocated non-forest lands into land banks. The order clarified that using forest land for compensatory afforestation would not suffice. It offered wide scope for land ‘banking’ by directing that land around Protected Areas, ‘wildlife corridors’, and catchment areas of rivers or hydro-projects should … Continue reading Missing the Forest For the Trees (Part 3)

The Great Indian Land Grab

BY MANASI KARTHIK AND ARPITHA KODIVERI On October 13th, 2017 villagers in Jhadutola, Jharkhand were slapped with cases for violating law and order. Villagers alleged that local police forces coerced them into allowing plantations for ‘compensatory afforestation’ on their land. However, portions of this land belonging to descendants of a local Zamindar were exempt from … Continue reading The Great Indian Land Grab