‘Definition of forests changed to show more cover, suit biz lobby’

Ashraf Engineer

August 10, 2022

The government claims forest cover has risen by 2,261 sq km, but the figure is hotly contested by experts. They point out that, shockingly, it’s the result of the legal definition of a forest being changed! Now, tea estates, coconut plantations and even tree-lined avenues in cities are being classified as forests. Veteran environmentalist Stalin D, of the NGO Vanashakti, speaks to All Indians Matter.