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Haritha Haram and forest rights: How a scheme to increase green cover has upended the lives of Telangana's tribals
India

Haritha Haram and forest rights: How a scheme to increase green cover has upended the lives of Telangana's tribals

For 11 days, the Koya Adivasis of Telangana's Satyanarayanapuram village camped on their lands, for fear of being rendered landless. They were finally evicted by officials, citing a lack of documents to prove ownership.

Population of insect-eating bird drops heavily in extracted Himalayan oak forests
science

Population of insect-eating bird drops heavily in extracted Himalayan oak forests

Forest dept and van panchayats should work together to find solutions to save both- dwellers and birds.

SC order on evicting forest dwellers: Protecting indigenous communities’ rights is key in fight against climate change
India

SC order on evicting forest dwellers: Protecting indigenous communities’ rights is key in fight against climate change

Several tribal communities in India protect forests, based on their self-perception of these areas being under their custodianship. Community-led movements across the country make it clear that lawmakers, bureaucrats or governments are not the ones who are saving forests.

Odisha's tribals who gather and sell minor forest produce left at the mercy of dysfunctional market with no govt support
India

Odisha's tribals who gather and sell minor forest produce left at the mercy of dysfunctional market with no govt support

The Odisha government has plenty of funds to implement the Forest Rights Act to benefit tribals, so it can't blame a low budget for the poor enforcement of the law.

Bharat bandh today as tribal, Dalit groups protest against SC's 13 Feb eviction order, demand ordinance to protect rights
India

Bharat bandh today as tribal, Dalit groups protest against SC's 13 Feb eviction order, demand ordinance to protect rights

Tribal and Dalit rights organisations have called for bharat bandh on Tuesday protesting against the 13 February Supreme Court order, which had directed at least 21 states to evict traditional forest and tribal dwellers whose claims over the forest land have been rejected by authorities.

Tribal groups to go ahead with Bharat bandh today despite SC stay on order directing eviction of 'illegal' forest-dwellers
India

Tribal groups to go ahead with Bharat bandh today despite SC stay on order directing eviction of 'illegal' forest-dwellers

Tribal outfits across states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and north-east have called for a peaceful bandh.

Issue of evicting tribals and forest dwellers should be seen 'compassionately', says forest minister Harsh Vardhan
India

Issue of evicting tribals and forest dwellers should be seen 'compassionately', says forest minister Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, however, did not elaborate on his statement saying the issue of evicting tribals should be seen compassionately, saying he had not read the 13 February judgement and came to know about it only through the media.

SC orders eviction of tribals whose claims to forest land have been rejected; 10 lakh families across 16 states affected
India

SC orders eviction of tribals whose claims to forest land have been rejected; 10 lakh families across 16 states affected

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the eviction of around 10 lakh families of forest-dwelling tribal communities in at least 16 states