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A season of change

It has not been easy to keep track of the frequent announcements of modifications in environmental law and regulation since the new government assumed power at the Centre. Kanchi Kohli presents a round-up of these proposed and implemented amendments.

Energy Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

An uncertain future for our fauna
As India’s Wildlife Protection Act completes 42 years, conservationists are worried by the recent moves of the government. which appear to undermine the law in a bid to project an industry-friendly regime. T R Shankar Raman analyses the apparent direction in which the Act, and environmental laws in general, seem to be headed.
Environment opinions Wild Life Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!
A CAG audit report finds that despite the revocation of clearance for forest land diverted to a public sector power company, the land continues to be used by them. Himanshu Upadhyaya details this and other findings, which show the gloomy picture of forest governance in West Bengal.
Wild Life Environment Government

'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?
The MoEF’s recent move introducing e-filing of applications for approval of forest land diversion may facilitate procedural agility and efficiency, but precludes the interpretation of environmental and human complexities critical to a fair process. Kanchi Kohli elaborates.
Livelihood Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

Rampant diversion, tardy reforestation in Himachal
A recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India reveals blatant procedural and legal non-compliance in respect of compensatory afforestation work in Himachal Pradesh. Himanshu Upadhyaya summarises the findings.
Government Environmental Law and Regulation HIMACHAL

Is CCI a bypass lane for the laws?
The Cabinet Commitee on Investment, set up with the express aim of expediting projects considered critical to economic growth, has passed several orders overturning regulatory mandates instituted earlier. Kanchi Kohli on where that leaves the environmental laws of the land.
Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

Policy indifference threatens to make the Great Indian Bustard extinct
A fragile grassland ecosystem combined with skewed thrust on conservation of forest lands vis-a-vis the arid dry grasslands paints a bleak future for the Great Indian Bustard, whose numbers are fast dwindling. Malini Shankar reports.
Wild Life Environment

Why poaching still thrives in India
Wildlife experts across India stress the need for more stronger cases backed by scientific evidence and administrative efficiency, speedy trials and effective prosecution of the guilty. Bosky Khanna reports.
Wild Life Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

Life in uneasy forest terrain
In July this year, the B Marappa Memorial Trust and the Karnataka Forest Department honoured 14 professionals for their commitment towards and excellence in forest and wildlife protection. Bosky Khanna talks to two of them about their work, motivation and challenges.
Environment KARNATAKA

Old trick, new attack
The MoEF's decision to have one committee examine the recommendations of another with respect to the protection of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats has resulted in needless contradiction and defeat of the core environmental objective. Shripad Dharmadhikary analyses the reports.
Bio Diversity Environment Government

Niyamgiri gets some time to breathe
The battle between Sterlite Industries and tribal communities over mining in the Niyamgiri hills may not be just over yet, but the most recent Supreme Court judgment empowering the gram sabha has come as a temporary reprieve for the people. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Mining Environment ORISSA

Diversion of forest land denounced
The grant of close to 10000 acres of forest land in Chitradurga district for non-forestry purposes threatens the ecology as well as the means of subsistence of local communities, leading irate villagers to decide to boycott the impending State Assembly elections. Malini Shankar reports.
Live Stock Environment KARNATAKA

A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
Simultaneous protection of rights of both tigers and human tribes is a utopian dream; where co-existence is an inescapable reality, political will to reduce human imprint to a minimum and sensitisation of forest dwellers are critical to conservation, writes Malini Shankar
Wild Life Environment

Rights Act, not working right
Plentiful, but for whom?
A man to match his mountains
My fossil fuels, your land
Banding together, for their rights
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
Keeping the roots in place
Lokayukta slams mining in Karnataka's forests
A miner's shortcut to green clearance goes awry
Winning the battle against poaching
Lessons up the hill
Consent under duress
Tribals, forest interdependence, and integration
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation
Early gains from Forest Rights Act
Institutionalising compensation for lost forests
Still advising the Forest Committee?
CAG: Compensatory afforestation a hoax in M.P.
Divide and conquer, with plant and port
Mine today, gone tomorrow
New facts emerge in McLeodganj case before CEC
Whittling away at NPV costs
Some simple trenches
Scuttling the law, officials evict tribals
Storm continues over Silent Valley
Passing the forest buck
Rights denuded in a forest of words
Arunachal wildlife protection: fence eats crop
How much for that forest?
Whose expert is an expert?
Railways violating forest conservation law
Kali river dam proposal resurfaces dubiously
STs (Recognition of forest rights) bill
Ecology for the people
Kudremukha mining: closure in sight?
Kudremukha mining: closure in sight?
Forest fights, Indian style
Saw mills in a see-saw
Malls trampling Delhi's green belt
A bad odour in a forest of fragrance
Orissa's aluminum mining costs are steep
North East: Apex court rules the forests
Bhimgad awaits justice
Tsunami, mangroves and market economy
Updates on our forests
Silent Valley: threatened again
Disempowering forest management
High voltage environmental activism
Inter'changing' the Greens
Pulp, paper and Bamboo
Community conservation gaining
The transformation of Mendha-Lekha
Understanding 'encroachment'

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