Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016

July 06, 2016

 

TOP STORY
 
EIA notification amended to bring small-scale mining under its ambit
The amendment will make environmental clearance compulsory for mining of minor minerals in areas less than or equal to five hectares
 
Court Watch
 
NGT bans camping activity in Rishikesh
The green court has however allowed rafting in the area
 
 
Apex court rejects petition against NH-7 widening project
Petitioners have been asked to appear before the Bombay High Court and inform it about the measures needed to be taken for tiger conservation
 
 
Green Clearance Watch
 
Forest Clearance Analysis January - December, 2015
'The Forest (Conservation) Act (FCA), 1980 outlines different procedures for clearances of projects that are above and below 40 Ha. CSE analysed forest clearances granted for such projects in the year 2015. '
 
Environmental Clearance November-December 2015
CSE analysed the status of environmental clearances (ECs) for the period November - December 2015 cleared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
 
Mining
Goa's DMF Rules do not follow Central guidelines, will not meet DMF objectives: CSE
The state government has largely duplicated the "object and functions" of the DMF and Goa Mineral Ore Permanent Fund Trust Scheme.
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Forest Governance
 
   
Baiga tribals become India's first community to get habitat rights
The administration used a gazette notification passed by the colonial British government, which recognised these areas as home of the Baigas, to grant habitat rights
 
 
Tribal affairs ministry gives in to pressure, 'okays' Village Forest Rules
These rules, if implemented, will lead to dilution of the Forest Rights Act
 
 
Waste Management
 
Government approves proposal to scale production and sale of compost
Will provide financial assistance of Rs 1,500 for every tonne of compost sold
 

Editor's Note
chandra_bhushan

Dear Friends,
We are back with the February issue of the Environmental Governance bimonthly newsletter. The last two months have witnessed some key changes in laws related to mining and forestry sector in the country.....

- Chandra Bhushan
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Studies and Publications
Fumbling with Forests: Why we should not hand over forests to the private sector
Book available for free Download now
 
 
Trainings
A. Upcoming Trainings
The objective of the training programme is to build a cadre of CSR

March 7-9, 2016

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B. Trainings Archive
 
 
Two week training programme on "Waste Management: Policies, Issues, Challenges and Way Forward,

December 7-18, 2015

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One Week Training for Environmental Regulators on Water Quality Management Plan in Delhi

January 18-22, 2016

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Global News
Malaysia bans bauxite mining for three months
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Southeast Asia's mangroves under threat due to land conversion for cultivation
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Global production of wood products registers growth
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