Why India’s climate pledge may affect land rights of forest dwellers

This week’s edition of Thirty-Six is about an unintended consequence of India’s battle against climate change. It may appear counterintuitive to the uninitiated, but is still true.

Some climate change mitigation measures implemented by the government to comply with the country’s international climate commitments cause an injustice to forest-dependent communities, according to a new study by independent researchers Shruti Agarwal and Tushar Dash, who analysed India’s climate change mitigation plans for the forestry sector.

The climate change mitigation measures that the study predominantly refers to are afforestation and  reforestation programmes undertaken by the government in compliance with its commitment of …


Akshay Deshmane

Akshay is an investigative reporter and former writer at The Morning Context. Based in Delhi, he writes about the environment, public policy and economy from the lens of the pulls and pressures of an ambitious democracy. Akshay uses the right to information extensively for reporting stories of vital public interest. Over the past decade and more, he has worked for HuffPost India, Frontline, The Economic Times, Down To Earth and DNA.