World Rainforest Movement

India: The impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns on Adivasi (Indigenous) and Forest Communities

In a series of articles, forest communities talk about the violation of their forest rights as a result of government approvals for forest destruction in connection with hydropower and coal projects that were passed or accelerated during the pandemic. During the lockdown, the Ministry of Environment and Forests approved large-scale industrial, mining, hydropower, roads and highway construction projects without the required due diligence and in disregard to environmental laws and the Forest Rights Act (FRA). Read the bulletin published by the Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFR-LA) network in India in English here and Hindi here.