Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016 | Centre for Science and Environment

Environmental Governance Newsletter - February 2016


EIA notification amended to bring small-scale mining under its ambit
The amendment will make environmental clearance compulsory for mining of minor minerals in areas less than or equal to five hectares
Court Watch
NGT bans camping activity in Rishikesh
The green court has however allowed rafting in the area
Apex court rejects petition against NH-7 widening project
Petitioners have been asked to appear before the Bombay High Court and inform it about the measures needed to be taken for tiger conservation
Green Clearance Watch
Forest Clearance Analysis January - December, 2015
'The Forest (Conservation) Act (FCA), 1980 outlines different procedures for clearances of projects that are above and below 40 Ha. CSE analysed forest clearances granted for such projects in the year 2015. '
Environmental Clearance November-December 2015
CSE analysed the status of environmental clearances (ECs) for the period November - December 2015 cleared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
Goa's DMF Rules do not follow Central guidelines, will not meet DMF objectives: CSE
The state government has largely duplicated the "object and functions" of the DMF and Goa Mineral Ore Permanent Fund Trust Scheme.
Forest Governance
Baiga tribals become India's first community to get habitat rights
The administration used a gazette notification passed by the colonial British government, which recognised these areas as home of the Baigas, to grant habitat rights
Tribal affairs ministry gives in to pressure, 'okays' Village Forest Rules
These rules, if implemented, will lead to dilution of the Forest Rights Act
Waste Management
Government approves proposal to scale production and sale of compost
Will provide financial assistance of Rs 1,500 for every tonne of compost sold


  • Centre for Science and Environment recognises Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as an important tool to inform decision makers, regulators and stakeholders about the possible social and economic impacts of a development project. To be effective, SIA requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders. CSE has developed a five-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to infrastructure, mining and other industrial projects.

  • With rapid urbanisation and rising consumption of goods and services, India is facing a massive waste management challenge. Every year, urban India produces 62 million tonne (MT) of municipal solid waste, 31 MT of which is dumped onto landfill sites. Figures for recycling are abysmal; for instance, only 1.5 per cent of e-waste is recycled. The need of the hour is to shift the focus of waste management towards processing and resource recovery.

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