Please do check out the new article updates in the Environment and Development section and in the Conservation and Livelihoods section and also some new updates in the Doon Watch series written by Sanjay Sondhi.
Please check out the update on the Briefing note: Exploring the role of FRA within the processes of Forest Diversion under FCA
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.
A 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
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