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Training Programme for Banks and Financial Institutions: Environment & Social Risk Management

Indian banks and financial institutions are considered the pillars of economic growth. They have immense potential to influence environmental sustainability and bridge the gaps between development and environmental degradation through their project financing. However, in recent years, this sector has faced difficult times due to growing numbers of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) or bad loans. One of the factors responsible for this is inadequate Environment and Social (E&S) risks management.

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Date:June 19 - June 20, 2017

Mini-grids: Electricity for All

Introduction

Today, in India, we face both an environment as well as a development crisis. On the one hand we are still struggling with the problems of inequality, poverty and improving the human development indicators. On the other hand, environmental pollution and ecological destruction is now a runaway problem. Both these crises are also interacting with and reinforcing each other. This is best reflected in our energy sector. 

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UNLOCKING FORESTS

DOES CAF BILL 2015 OFFER ENOUGH?

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has been entrusted with preserving and improving the forest wealth of the country in the interest of its citizens and national ecological security. The rising demand for forestland for non-forestry purposes, such as mining, hydropower and infrastructure development, has caused MoEF&CC to divert millions of hectares of rich forests. In order to reduce forest cover losses, the Supreme Court of India directed the Central government in 2002 to constitute the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning

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The Puzzle of Forest Productivity

Are Forest Development Corporations Solving It Right?

This report is an outcome of another report. In 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) issued guidelines for the participation of the private sector in afforestation of degraded forests. The guidelines argued that poor productivity of forests has led to a shortage of raw materials to industry. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) argued against the 2015 guidelines on the ground that the proposal would destroy the flourishing farm-forestry and agroforestry sectors in the country, which are more than capable of meeting the raw material demands of the industries. In its report titled Fumbling with Forests: Why We Should Not Handover Forests to the Private Sector, CSE also flagged concerns that the proposal would convert vast stretches of forestlands into large monoculture plantations that would only be of use to wood-based industries, not the forest-dependent communities or the ecology.

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Meeting and Book Release of ‘Not in my Backyard’ in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 16th March, 2017

A one day meeting on Solid Waste Management was conducted in association with Kerala’s Sanitation Programme, called Suchitwa Mission on 16th March, 2017 in Padmam Auditorium, Institute of Management in Government (IMG), Thiruvananthapuram.

The meeting received good participation from urban local bodies (ULBs) from Kerala and other South Indian States - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Also, other stakeholders such as representatives from local government, officials from Suchitwa Mission, academicians and NGOs attended the programme.

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