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

Environmental Governance Newsletter - April 2016

Chhattisgarh cancels forest rights of tribals in Surguja
Activists claim the move was in response to the tribals' protest against mining in their forest
Fight for Khandadhar
Once rescued from Korean company POSCO, Odisha's ecologically rich Khandadhar hills have now been handed over to the state's mining body. Tribal communities in the region gear up for another round of fight to save their rivers and land
OMC moves Supreme Court seeking fresh palli sabhas in Niyamgiri
The application is yet to be listed for hearing and any formal comment could be made only after the apex court hears the matter
MoEFCC deals death blow to Madhya Pradesh's tourism promotion plan
Sources said the underlying objective behind the proposal was to "rejuvenate" degraded forest areas in order to take off pressure from existing tiger reserves
Art of gobbling up Yamuna floodplain
Without proper mapping and a plan for its acceptable use, no one can prevent the Yamuna floodplain from being gobbled up
Banks at a loss
Piling up non-performing assets serve as a lesson for banks to do social and environmental impact assessments of projects more rigorously
Fiscal branch
For the first time, the 14th Finance Commission gave forests weightage in determining states' share in the Union tax revenue. Whether this will aid conservation remains to be seen
Court Watch
SC vacates Madras HC order staying issue of pattas to forest dwellers
The Madras High Court had passed an interim order in April 2008 staying the issue of pattas in Tamil Nadu without its permission
Green Clearance Watch
Forest Clearance Analysis for January - March, 2016
CSE carried out analysis of final approvals, also called Stage 2clearances, awarded to small and large projects (below and above 40 Ha respectively) between 1st January, 2016 to 22nd March, 2016.
Environmental Clearance Analysis for January- March 2016
CSE analysed the status of environmental clearances (ECs) for the period January- March 2016 cleared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
Forest Governance
Parliamentary panel gives more teeth to Compensatory Afforestation Fund
However the panel’s report tabled in this budget session misses the forests for the trees
21 villages inside Simlipal Tiger Reserve granted community forest rights
Exercising the rights however, might prove to be a challenge


  • 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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