Please find letters sent to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) by Kalpavriksh protesting against the MoEF circular exempting linear projects from requirements of gram sabha consent.

This may be especially important because of recent rumours of possible further dilution of the 2009 circular.
 
For more informaion on the Forest Rights Act

TheBalancingAct iconA Research Study and Four Sectoral Briefing Papers (Available in both English and Hindi). 

The study is an inquiry into whether India’s domestic legislative measure related to biodiversity and people’s knowledge –- the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, can in compliance with Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) become a balancing force. Based on actual experiences, including the first 108 ABS agreements signed by India’s National Biodiversity Authority and the positions of the Government of India vis-a-vis the international law on ABS contained in the Nagoya Protocol, it examines whether the legal regime gives equal attention to facilitating access by users on one hand, and on the other hand guaranteeing real benefits to local provider communities.

Know more about this study by Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani

PAupdate iconJust updated and released are the new Issues of the Protected Area Update, No. 101 February 2013 (Vol. XIX No. 1) and & Update No. 102 April 2013 (Vol. XIX No. 2). The issues are edited by Pankaj Sekhsaria. Back issues can be browsed at the Protected Area Update section. Other Outreach Newsletters, People in Conservation, can also be accessed from the Documentation Center

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As the Millennium Development Goals come up for review and possible reframing in 2015, discussions have been initiated within countries to assess possible ‘development’ frameworks that could more effectively lead to human well-being while ensuring ecological sustainability. This paper proposes a sustainability-centred framework of wellbeing for India, based on a set of principles and goals that would be relevant globally.

The Indicators for sustainable development / human well-being goals and targets for India,  focus on environmental sustainability, and need to be complemented with goals/targets and indicators for other aspects of human well-being

KV filed a Special Leave Petition in August 2012, in the matter of Ajay Dubey vs. UoI and others (commonly known as the tiger tourism case). The petition relates to the need of following due procedures including legally mandated gram sabha consultations while notifying buffer zones of tiger reserves. READ MORE