FOREST PROTECTION
Razing houses to stop razing the hills

The Aravali hills were used to nature's erosion, but the assault on them by those eyeing its rich resources was something else. Will the Supreme Court's recent intervention halt this?

#Mining #Environment #HARYANA
IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
A new draft of old failures
IMPACT ASSESSMENTS : A new draft of old failures

In the past, the framework for assessing the environmental impact of projects merely facilitated them getting started. Revisions proposed recently don't contain any evidence of a new course either.

#Environmental Regulation #Mining #Environment
RAILWAYS
Is the Hubli-Ankola Railway line approved?

Media reports that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given clearance to Railways to approach the state government regarding the Hubli-Ankola rail link, which will pass through the dense Western Ghats in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli writes on how the orders of NGT do not necessarily imply a complete go ahead for the railway line as the seems to suggest.

#Environment
GREEN BENCH
Where is the forest case headed?

The green bench of the Supreme Court transferred several long-pending forest cases to expedite their disposal. This could influence forest governance in India.

#Environment
OP-ED
Euphemising forest diversion?

Plantations or reforestation cannot replace natural forests, which provides an essential ecosystem. Unless policy makers realise this, our natural forests will continue to be used for various purposes shrinking the forest cover further, says Meenal Tatpati.

#OP-ED
FOREST RIGHTS
Is “settling” forest rights in “campaign mode” a good idea?

The central government is pushing state governments to give forest rights to tribals by the end of this year. Kanchi Kohli cautions that the intent behind settling these rights claims under the Forest Rights Act in such haste is not what it appears to be.

#Adivasis #Environment #Human Rights
FOREST PATROL
Saving forests: Women sentinels of Gunduribadi

The women of Gunduribadi go out daily for thengapalli or forest patrolling. They are also members of their Forest Protection Committee which decides how to manage the forest and its resources. 

#Adivasis #Women #ODISHA
FOREST POLICIES & BIODIVERSITY
Saving the Malabar Hornbill in the hills of Tamil Nadu

Farming practices encouraged by existing forest policies have drastically reduced the sources of food for the Malabar Grey Hornbill, once abundant in the Palni Hills of Tamil Nadu. Madhu Ramnath explains what endangers the species and how they can be saved.  

#People #Wildlife #Environment #TAMILNADU
TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT
Reversing fate through love for land, forests and water

Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of certain tribal villages in Koraput district of southern Odisha that have successfully overcome the challenges posed by denudation and inadequate irrigation and have etched out a path towards food security and well-being.

#Adivasis #Agriculture #ODISHA
THE DONGRIA KONDH HABITAT
Securing tribal rights means understanding them first

A letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs urges states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what’s necessary to do so effectively.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Human Rights
GROWTH VERSUS IDENTITY
Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills

The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Mining #Human Rights
COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
When women unite
COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT : When women unite

A meticulous initiative by an NGO in remote tribal districts of Odisha has brought women from the local communities together, enabling them to wrest their rights and entitlements under laws such as the FRA and MGNREGA. Abhijit Mohanty writes on the project.

#Land #Laws #Women #ODISHA
HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT
Missing the woods and the trees
HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT : Missing the woods and the trees

Ever since the report of the Subramanian Committee, set up to review and amend key environmental legislation, was leaked, several questions have been raised regarding its real implications for the environment. Darryl D’Monte explains some of the most critical concerns.                                  

#Environmental Regulation #Wildlife #Environment #OP-ED
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
A season of change
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION : 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 #Environmental Regulation #Environment #Government
WILDLIFE PROTECTION ACT
An uncertain future for our fauna
WILDLIFE PROTECTION ACT : An uncertain future for our fauna

Even as India’s Wildlife Protection Act completes 42 years, certain recent moves of the government 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 #Environmental Regulation #Wildlife #Environment #Government
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