Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016

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
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
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

Editor's Note
chandra_bhushanDear Friends,
This issue of our newsletter comes to you marking the occasion of the World Environment Day, which was June 5. The time also coincides with completion of the two-year term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government...
- Chandra Bhushan