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

Environmental Governance Newsletter - June 2016

NDA government has done well on pollution standards and monitoring, but needs to do much more on green clearances, forestry and its flagship schemes on sanitation and the Ganga: CSE
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) releases its analysis of two years of NDA government
Can polluting brick kilns be cleaned up?
India is world's second largest producer of bricks, but the environmental cost of producing cheap bricks is huge
Environmental governance in India pushes industries to face stricter pollution norms
The last one year of environmental regulation in India has shown many improvements. But a lot remains to be done
Ken-Betwa river link given go-ahead; expert committee yet to submit report
The project would require diversion of 52.58 square kilometers of forest land, including 41.41 square kilometers of Panna Tiger Reserve
Court Watch
SC puts an end to OMC's bid to mine Niyamgiri
Apex court rejects the OMC-Vedanta joint venture in what is being seen as a decisive victory for the indigenous tribal group, the Dongria Kondhs
NGT halts construction on wetland between Bengaluru lakes
The construction projects violated the Master Plan of 2015 as well as environmental guidelines
NGT allows mining on Valapattanam river bank
Residents of river-island Pamburuthi have been opposing sand mining in the region
Forest Governance
Rights overruled
States are making their own rules to reclaim the authority over forests from tribes, derailing community forest rights
Does the monsoon this year means forests for India?
The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2015 has crossed the doors of the Lok Sabha, but is set to face the Rajya Sabha test during the monsoon session.
10 highlights of the new draft national forest policy
On June 15, India's environment ministry placed the draft national forest policy in public domain for comments and suggestions. It is slated to replace the National Forest Policy, 1988
Is green militarisation a right response to curb poaching?
Such a step to protect wildlife, which is in practice in Kaziranga, has been criticised for alienating indigenous poeple
Parliament passes MMDR Amendment Bill to facilitate transfer of captive mining leases
The Bill will facilitate the transfer of captive mine leases which have not been granted through auction
Only four of 12 mineral-rich states collect funds for mining-impacted areas
It has been nearly a year since the Central government notified new mining rules mandating collection of funds for development of mining-impacted areas


  • 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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