Forest dwellers face mass evictions, as species extinction threatens global food supply

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India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of over one million forest dwelling households. According to Al Jazeera, the move comes with the national enforcement of the Forests Rights Act, which gives indigenous land access to those who can prove their ancestral link to the land. However, without the proof, evictions will ensue. The ruling came in response to a petition submitted by wildlife and conservation groups, who questioned an existing act that recognises forest dwellers’ rights. According to the groups, people are instead encroaching into protected land, The Telegraph reports. Social groups have rebuked these claims, saying that indigenous people are best placed to protect the forests and keep mining and industrial developments at bay. Stephen Corry, head of Environment International warns of triggering an ‘urgent humanitarian crisis.’

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