The Andaman Islands are known for their pristine beaches. But their main treasure is the tropical evergreen forests, by many considered the finest in the world. As often happens with the natural resources, there’s always someone who wants to convert them into the natural flow of income. In this case, it was the Brits who started clearing the forests in the colonial period. The timber exploitation highly intensified in the 1970’s carried on by international companies and later Asian settlers (mostly Bengalis) who kept encroaching and occupying more and more forest areas, replacing them with the oil palms and teak. It led to the massive destruction of the archipelago’s original biodiversity.