Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016 | Centre for Science and Environment


Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016

TOP STORY
 
NDA government has done well on pollution standards and monitoring, but needs to do much more on green clearances, forestry and its flagship schemes on sanitation and the Ganga: CSE
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) releases its analysis of two years of NDA government
REGULATORY WATCH
 
Can polluting brick kilns be cleaned up?
India is world's second largest producer of bricks, but the environmental cost of producing cheap bricks is huge
 
Environmental governance in India pushes industries to face stricter pollution norms
The last one year of environmental regulation in India has shown many improvements. But a lot remains to be done
 
Ken-Betwa river link given go-ahead; expert committee yet to submit report
The project would require diversion of 52.58 square kilometers of forest land, including 41.41 square kilometers of Panna Tiger Reserve
 
 
 
 
Court Watch
 
SC puts an end to OMC's bid to mine Niyamgiri
Apex court rejects the OMC-Vedanta joint venture in what is being seen as a decisive victory for the indigenous tribal group, the Dongria Kondhs
 
NGT halts construction on wetland between Bengaluru lakes
The construction projects violated the Master Plan of 2015 as well as environmental guidelines
 
 
NGT allows mining on Valapattanam river bank
Residents of river-island Pamburuthi have been opposing sand mining in the region
 
Forest Governance
Rights overruled
States are making their own rules to reclaim the authority over forests from tribes, derailing community forest rights
 
Does the monsoon this year means forests for India?
The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2015 has crossed the doors of the Lok Sabha, but is set to face the Rajya Sabha test during the monsoon session.
 
10 highlights of the new draft national forest policy
On June 15, India's environment ministry placed the draft national forest policy in public domain for comments and suggestions. It is slated to replace the National Forest Policy, 1988
 
Is green militarisation a right response to curb poaching?
Such a step to protect wildlife, which is in practice in Kaziranga, has been criticised for alienating indigenous poeple
Mining
 
Parliament passes MMDR Amendment Bill to facilitate transfer of captive mining leases
The Bill will facilitate the transfer of captive mine leases which have not been granted through auction
Only four of 12 mineral-rich states collect funds for mining-impacted areas
It has been nearly a year since the Central government notified new mining rules mandating collection of funds for development of mining-impacted areas
 
 

Announcements

  • THE NEXT STEP

  • Muzaffarpur Nagar Nigam and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi invite nominations to attend the workshop on ‘Roadmap for Solid and Septage Management in Muzaffarpur City’, 15th December, 2016, in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

    The objective of this meeting is to discuss the roadmap for solid and septage management in Muzaffarpur City. CSE conducted field surveys in August, 2016 on solid and septage management in Muzaffarpur city. On the basis of this, an action plan is developed for reforms in waste and septage management.

  • Centre for Science and Environment recognises Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as an important tool to inform decision makers, regulators and stakeholders about the possible social and economic impacts of a development project. To be effective, SIA requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders. CSE has developed a five-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to infrastructure, mining and other industrial projects.

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