THE NEXT STEP
India is experiencing an economic boom, with investors eyeing it as a growth opportunity. But this boom and economic development propelled by rapid industrialisation and urbanisation is having a fallout – it is straining the environment, generating pollution, compounding the nation’s health problems and forcing people to ask whether this is the development paradigm that suits the country.
In such a scenario, to ensure environmental sustainability, different stakeholders will have to play their roles effectively; regulatory institutions are one such stakeholder. Regulatory institutions such as the State and Central Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) are entrusted to protect the natural environment from degradation by ensuring implementation of environmental regulations. The capacity constraints of these institutions need to be identified and addressed, so that effective compliance, monitoring and enforcement can be warranted. Their role, naturally, will expand with the changing nature of environmental problems.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has been working to help Indian environmental regulators in their expanded role – through state-of-the art training programmes for building their capacity. Staring from December, 2010 till May 2015, CSE has conducted 16-one week advanced training programmes and 8-one month National Minimum programmes. A total of 521 officials has been trained over this period.
The programme has seen wide coverage in terms of participation from various states across the country; however there are few states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh have set up examples by nominating maximum number of participants, which is followed by Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha. North-eastern states like Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland were also there in the nomination list. Following the successful completion of the first phase of the collaboration, the three partners have embarked on the second phase of this capacity building initiative.
These training programmes are tailor-made for officials of the PCBs and other environmental regulatory agencies. The programmes are designed to bridge the knowledge gap on relevant topics – including those that may emerge in the coming years. This year, CSE is offering five two-week foundation and five one-week specialised courses.
As part of this programme, CSE had initiated international exposure visits to developed countries for the trainees, to understand their pollution control and management systems. These visits will be organised this year as well.
CSE is offering one-week specialised training programme as well as two-week foundation course this year.
Note: Equal participation of male and female participants is encouraged.
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