Training and Workshop on District Mineral Foundation planning and implementation

Program duration: February 12 to 16, 2018

Offered by: School of Environmental Governance, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute, a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) initiative

Participants: District level officials (the Member Secretary/official member in charge of DMF) and Civil Society practitioners on local level planning and capacity building

Program fee: Sponsored by CSE, New Delhi (includes training and workshop fee, costs of travel, food and lodging and all necessary materials)

Overview of the program
Instituted in March 2015 under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957 as a non-profit trust, the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) comes with the precise objective to “work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining related operations’. It has also been aligned to an important scheme of the Government of India, the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana.

For over a decade, CSE has been engaged with the challenges of the mineral-rich areas and has advocated the institution of a mechanism of benefit-sharing, besides working on environmental issues in those areas. Over the past two years, CSE has been following the progress of DMF implementation across the country, particularly working on ground in key mining districts of Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, engaging with a wide range of stake-holders. We have also prepared outcome oriented model planning frameworks for some key mining districts, based on quantitative and qualitative and assessment processes to optimize DMF investments.

The training cum workshop on DMF planning and implementation, is a platform to review DMF implementation status, share experiences of best practices and engage in class exercises and discussions on mechanisms of DMF planning and monitoring to make investments effective and serve the best interest of mining-affected people.

Program highlights

  • Overview of DMF and opportunities at hand.

  • Status of DMF implementation with particular focus on key mining states and districts.

  • Best practices of activities/schemes undertaken through DMFs.

  • DMF planning and monitoring, mechanisms to make investments effective.

  • Using tools/platforms for information dissemination and inclusive decision making.

  • Identifying ways on how state and district level institutions, the DMF body and civil society can work collectively to ensure proper implementation of DMFs.

  • Site visit to identify sustainable practices on water conservation and management, waste management, sustainable livelihood around local resource potential, eco visits etc.

All sessions will involve sharing observations and feedbacks from participants to enable dialogue and mutual learning experience.

The program will be conducted through lectures, review of case studies, working on planning approach, discussions, group exercises and field visits.

CSE policy experts, planning practitioners and external experts.

Key learning’s /outcomes
The key objective of the program is to build capacity of district level officials and civil society practitioners so that they can facilitate effective planning and decision making in DMFs in their respective districts in letter and spirit of the DMF law.

For details contact:

Chinmayi Shalya
Programme Officer,
Environmental Governance Unit (Community Support and DMF programme),
Centre for Science and Environment,
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062
Ph: 91-11-2995 5124 / 6110 (Ext. 204); Fax: 91-11-2995 5879
Mobile: +91 9920875676