Environmental Governance Newsletter - March 2017

NGT judgement on Okhla waste plant: no lessons learned
National Green Tribunal has, once again, made clear that it advocates a centralised system for waste processing which may not serve a long-term solution
Corbett Tiger Reserve issues shoot-at-sight order to tackle poaching
The authorities have also issued order for extensive frisking of visitors to the park and barring villagers in the vicinity from entering the protected area
Centre's order allows granting of mine leases to applications without environment clearance
The ministry's order, however, states that mining activity cannot begin before the environment clearance is obtained
India opposes CITES move to regulate trade in all species of Dalbergia
It calls for considering individual species based on its conservation status in the wild and market status of international trade while unveiling a permitting issue
Court Watch
Is Rs 25 lakh compensation enough for Okhla waste-to-energy plant?
The facility has been allegedly emitting various pollutants for years including carcinogens such as furans and dioxins
Art of Living Foundation must pay remaining fine for damaging Yamuna floodplains: NGT
Sri Sri Ravishankar's organisation went back on its commitment to pay the fine for hosting a three-day festival that affected Yamuna floodplains
Forest Governance
Missing the woods for wood
Is it worthwhile to clear foressts to annually earn Rs 4,500 per hectare?
Experts advise community - led forest conservation in Himalayas
Being major biodiversity hotspots, forests provide critical goods and services like timber and firewood
Uttarakhand sits on forest right claims settlement for two years in a row
With the state assembly election around the corner, the model code of conduct is the favourite excuse for non implementation of FRA
Two successive fires in Bandipur National Park; officials suspect role of tribals
The residents of a small tribal village are known for setting dried elephant dung on fire which might have caused the flame to spread
Won't grant NOCs to uranium mining projects in Meghalaya: Khasi District Council
After the Centre reiterated its move to open up uranium mining in the state, the highest council of the Khasi community says it will not grant an NOC
Bastar beyond Maoists: tale of a rich region and its poor people
The obsession with insurgents is so deep that no one is paying attention to health and education in this ancient and beautiful land

Editor's Note
chandra_bhushanDear Friends,
We are back with the March issue of our bimonthly newsletter. 2017 has started with a reiteration of the government's mantra of facilitating the 'ease of doing business.'...
- Chandra Bhushan
Studies & Publications
Are Forest Development Corporations Solving It Right?

Annual State Of India's Environment - SOE 2017

TILL MARCH 31, 2017
A. Upcoming Trainings
Workshop on How to Benefit from Data in Digital Age
March 7-9, 2017
Book Release and workshop 'Not in My Backyard: Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities' in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
March 16, 2017
B.Trainings Archive
Training on Continuous Emission Monitoring System: Inspection Strategy
January 18-19, 2017
Regulators Training on Continuous Emission Monitoring System: From Understanding to Implementation
February 6 - 10, 2017
Waste Management
As garbage crisis in Delhi worsens, lack of funds for civic bodies gets focus
Bengaluru orders compulsory waste segregation by households, but challenges remain
A first-of-a-kind campaign in Pune creates awareness about sanitary waste segregation
MoU signing between ZEMA and CSE on better environmental compliance and reforms in waste management
January 27, 2017
Global News
Philippine green minister stands by her decision to shut mines
HSBC forced to safeguard Indonesia's rainforests