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CRITICS SAY INDIAN FOREST CONSERVATION BILL WOULD IGNORE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

08/08/2016

On July 28, India's upper house of parliment passed a bill that, if enacted, would give state governments $895 million per year towards conservation and protecting wildlife and forests. While the Minister of State of Environment Anil Madhav Dave stated that it is a good bill that would help concentrate reforestation efforts, analysts and activists are saying that this law ignores the importance of indigenous people in conserving land and disregards their rights. Under this law, funds from the Compensatory Afforestation, Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) law would be used to restock forests that are denuded. According to advocates of the law, it would boost employment in poor regions. Critics of the law, however, say that the money put forth would be better spent helping local communities that already engage in conservation of their local lands. The bill was initially drafted in 2008, and passed the lower house in May of 2016. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-india-law-forest-idUKKCN10919X.