China is more democratic than India when it comes to the land rights of forest dwellers

    by Gaurav Madan, Guardian
    Monday, 25 July 2016 10:51 BST

A plane flies over afforested mountains on its air seeding mission in Lushi, central China's Henan province. CHINA OUT REUTERS/China Newsphoto

Between them, China and India have a total of 675 million forest dwellers. 

While 60 precent of China's forests are now legally owned by local collectives, the lack of rights given to forest dwellers in India is impacting the economy and breeding discontent.

Gaurav Madan, senior associate for the Asia programme at the Rights and Resources Initiative, asks how this has happened, and whether it will change in the future.

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