National Minimum Training Programme on Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement: September 2-28, 2013
The basic purpose of the programme was to make the regulators understand the unique nature of the environmental and developmental challenges facing India and how India has tried to reconcile over the years. The programme emphasized the expanding role of environmental regulators with the changing nature of environmental governance.
It discussed the role and power of environment regulators defined under different acts and rules, understanding process and procedures for evidence collection and filling cases, role of judiciary, PILs, environmental courts and tribunals, environmental standards, their rationale and how they are developed, administrative tools to perform monitoring and inspection for ensuring compliance The programme provided the participants practical experience on the issues relating to environmental pollution in India and consisted of lectures, class exercises, group discussions, field visits, compliance monitoring and inspection exercises etc.
The programme also included lectures and discussions for one week on compliance, monitoring and enforcement from Environmental Officers of Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
The training programme consisted of following sessions:-
Environmental Acts, legislations and standards
Waste management: Municipal Solid, Hazardous, Biomedical and E-waste
Municipal wastewater management: (With focus on Decentralised ways of management)
Managing notices, affidavits and consent
Compliance and Monitoring
Swedish system of inspection and monitoring
Accreditation, Quality Control and Quality Assurance of a laboratory
“The course was very well designed and conceptualized. The practical knowledge gained in the course of the programme can very well be utilized in our work on field.”
Rahul R Kanaujia
Gujarat State Pollution Control Board
The course is moulding environmental regulators keeping in mind the past, present and future environmental issues. We gained excellent knowledge of new practices and ideas to deal with pollution and manage our environment.
Sebastiao Barretto, Goa State Pollution Control Board
Indian cities were originally designed as compact entities to reduce travel trip length. But with rapid urbanization and motorization, our sprawling cities are becoming victims of killer pollution, congestion, and a crippling oil guzzling, car dependent infrastructure that endangers our quality of life. While sprawling cities, flyovers and signal- free corridors are increasing distances, subways and foot overbridges are taking away the right of pedestrians to cross at grade; gated communities are increasing dependence on personal vehicles.
The minerals sector is a key driver for the country’s industrial growth. However, it has brought in its wake severe environmental repercussions and social conflicts. One of the greatest challenges, therefore, is how to make mining environmentally and socially acceptable. Unfortunately, most EIA/SIA reports either overlook or poorly interpret the critical issues related to a mining project.