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Podcast, India: The False Promises of Reforestation (French)

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To fight climate change, India claims it is increasing its forest cover. But the control mechanism...

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India is the 3rd largest polluter on the planet, responsible for 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To absorb some of this carbon, the country has committed to greatly increasing the size of its forest cover. But how can this be achieved, when this Asian giant, in full economic expansion, is constantly cutting down trees to build roads or airports?


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India has set up a compensation system that allows companies that cut down trees to pay to replant them elsewhere. However, this controversial mechanism does not fulfill all its promises. On the eve of COP26, our correspondents in India, Sébastien Farcis and Côme Bastin, investigated.


Mollem National Park, in the Indian state of Goa, part of which is threatened by infrastructure projects. Image courtesy of Pixabay and RFI. India.

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