Environmental Governance Newsletter - January 2017

Ten years of FRA: only 3 per cent of forest dwellers' rights recognised
Collective rights to undo historic injustice meted out to indigenous people remain completely ignored by the states, says Citizens' report
Delaying tactics by environment ministry
The comprehensive action plan issued by the Supreme Court to tackle air pollution in NCR lists curbing operation of brick kilns
Land conflicts affect over 3.2 million people in India
Investment worth US$179 billion in over 5,000 projects is also threatened due to these conflicts
Amendments to century-old laws on tribal rights spark protests in Jharkhand
The proposed amendments would increase land acquisitions for mining and other industrial uses, causing mass displacement of tribals
Tiger death rate in India highest since 2010
Even in the neighbouring Bangladesh, declining tiger population is a major concern
Court Watch
Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi, NCR
The licences of existing firecrackers sellers will be suspended and the government will not issue new licences
Forest Governance
First time ever, communities' compensation demand for forest diversion finds approval
The communities in Maharashtra affected by diversion of forests due to a transmission project may get the compensation they have demanded
Himachal Pradesh launches eviction drive, ignores forest rights of tribal farmers
More than 10,000 plots across the state's forest areas have been identified for eviction
Balancing rights and responsibilities: community-based forest governance in Maharashtra
A small village in eastern Maharashtra sets an example of managing community forest resource in a sustainable way
Odisha Mining Corporation's fresh attempt to mine Niyamgiri
In May 2013, 12 gram sabhas surrounding the Niyamgiri hills had voted against mining in the region