During the bone-chilling winters of Panna in central India's Madhya Pradesh state, Janaka Bai needs at least three bundles of firewood each week to keep her family warm and another to fuel her kitchen stove every day.

Living on the edge of India's diamond mining hub, Bai has been fighting to keep collecting the firewood she needs nearby, as programs to boost the country's shrinking forests have shut her and others out with fences and guards.

From snatched axes to risking arrest for trespassing, Indigenous women are finding themselves in conflict with new Indian laws that mandate large-scale tree-planting to compensate for declines in forest cover.