NATIONAL CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS IN INDIA

Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change is proposing to amend all environmental laws of India, by a process that is widely considered as undemocratic and intransparent. ESG in collaboration with NLSIU organised a National Consultation on these proposals. Access the report of this consultation.

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Protecting The Fundamental And Democratic Rights Of The Congregation Of All Saints Church

All Saints Church is a living heritage of Bangalore, and this year marks the initiation of its 150th year celebrations. The Church is an architectural marvel and is surrounded by lush greenery constituted of rich biodiversity and trees, some of which are almost 200 years old. Over 1000 families celebrate mass every week in this campus as they have been doing so for generations. As per the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, this campus is an

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Following Protest, Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop To Evolve Its Vision Document-2030 In Collaboration With KPMG

Key Concerns listed over KPMG involvement gain wide support 2 November 2018 Downloads: KFD Cancel Vision 2030 Workshop Following protest, Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop to evolve its Vision Document-2030 in collaboration with KPMG The Karnataka Forest Department has decided to put together a ‘Vision Document-2030’ that would outline the governing principles of its efforts for the next several years. While the initiative itself is laudable –and unprecedented amongst our country’s states- the process in

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Peoples Movements, Networks, Academicians, Researchers And Civil Society Organisations Reject The Draft National Forest Policy 2018

Demand a fresh policy is evolved through a deeply democratic consultation mechanism and scientific process 14 April 2018 Downloads: Peoples Representation rejecting Draft National Forest Policy 2018 A nation-wide collective of peoples movments, forests peoples and workers struggle organisations, academics, researchers, civil society organisations, etc. have come together to comprehensively reject the Draft Forest Policy 2018 promoted by Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on the following key grounds, among others: 1)  Indian

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Former Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Speaks On “New Draft Forest Policy And Deteriorating State Of Environment In India”

13 April 2018 ; Time: 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm ; Venue: SCM House, Mission Road, Bangalore (https://goo.gl/maps/YBBCzqeyAeQ2) Downloads: Invitation to a Talk by Jairam Ramesh on New Draft Forest Policy campaigns,biodiversity,forest policy,jairam ramesh,state of India’s environment

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“Beerappa’s Tallanna” Screened At Indian Institute Of Science Following Earlier Screenings At National Institute For Advanced Studies, ICTS And ATREE

A film conceptualised by Bhargavi S. Rao and Leo F. Saldanha for Amrit Mahal Hitarakshana aagu Horata Samithi 7 March 2018 Downloads: NIAS screening of ‘Beerappa’s Angst’ ICTS Screening Invitation Phi Delta Alpha (PDA), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, organised a screening of “Beerappa’s Angst” on 23rd May 2018, at Indian Institute of Science. This was followed by a discussion with Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group on what the scientific community could do to correct the

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How To Protect Trees From Needless Felling In Bangalore

The third workshop organised as part of ESG’s ‘How To’ Workshop series 17 February 2018 ; Time: 4.30 pm to 7 pm ; Venue: @ ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070. https://goo.gl/maps/5jrH71vvnC12 Downloads: How To Protect Trees and Green Bangalore   ‘How to do it?’ workshop An ESG initiative   How to protect trees from needless felling in Bangalore   There is wide-spread concern over the recent proposal to once

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MHA Report Links Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Of Dongria Kondh Adivasis With ‘Maoists’

Petition to President of India to direct MHA to expunge such disturbing and wholly unacceptable claims of MHA 19 April 2017 Downloads: Petition to President of India over MHA linking NSS to ‘Maoists’ Petition to President of India expressing concern regarding MHA report disturbingly linking Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti of Dongria Kondh adivasis with ‘Maoists’ Dear All, In a very disturbing development, the following reference is made in the 2016-17 Annual Report of the Indian Union Ministry

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Deconstructing Notions Of ‘science Capital’ And ‘world Class City’ In The Context Of Bangalore And The Proposed ‘science City’ In Challakere

Report of a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society Harvard Kennedy School John F. Kennedy School of Government 16 March 2017 ; Time: 3 pm to 5.30 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff @ ESG Report of the conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program

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Appeal To State Governments Not To Support Environmental “reforms” Proposed By Indian Ministry Of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Based On The Controversial TSR Subramanian Committee Report

Several States have opposed the proposed Reforms, echoing concerns raised in the Appeal 3 April 2015 Downloads: Endorsed Appeal to State Governments not to support Union Govt’s Environmental Reforms based on Subramanian Committee Agenda of MoEF Environment and Forest Ministers Conference, April 2015 Appeal to State Governments not to support Subramanian Committee based Environment Reforms – Kannada   The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change organised a Conclave of Environment Ministers, Environment Secretaries,

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INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S HIGH POWERED COMMITTEE REPORT ON REFORM OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

A Non-trivial Threat to India’s Ecological and Economic Security 9 January 2015 Downloads: ESG Critique the TSR Subramanian Report on Environmental Reforms Press Release on ESG Critique of TSR Subramanian Report on Envtl Reforms 263rd Report of Dept Related Parliamentary Standing Cmt on Science and Tech, Environment and Forests On 29th August 2014 the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of the Government of India (hereinafter referred to as MoEF & CC) set up

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Bangalore’s Own Green Ambassador Reminds Us Of What It Took To Make Bangalore The Greenest City In The 1980s

Even as BBMP and the Government dither on complying with High Court directions to involve citizenry in re-greening efforts 1 December 2014 Downloads: Karnataka High Court’s 7th August 2014 decision on steps needed to re-green Bangalore In “Green lessons from the past”  (published in Deccan Herald, Dec 02, 2014), S. G. Neginhal reveals how extensively and sensitively the Karnataka Forest Department worked to protect the fast depleting greenery of Bangalore during the 1980s.  The article

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Access The Complete Report Of The High Level Committee Of Ministry Of Environment And Forests And Climate Change To Fundamentally Review Various Environmental Laws Of India

Leaked report yet to be released by the Government of India 1 December 2014 Downloads: Complete Report of the HLC Committee of MoEF&CC to review Environmental Laws, set up by PM of India Presentation by Mr. Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Karnataka Dept. of Environment , Ecology and Forests, to the HLC Leaked Report of the TSR Subramanian headed High Level Committee indicates fundamental, and regressive, changes to Environmental, Forest Protection and Forest Rights Laws of

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An Urgent Appeal To Help Verify Claims Of BBMP About Tree Planting In Bangalore City

Requesting Bangaloreans to count trees planted by BBMP since 2007 22 April 2014 Downloads: BBMP submission to Karnataka High Court on trees planted since 2007 ESG Appeal to Count Bangalore Trees   On 21st April 2014, the Counsels of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP: Greater Bangalore City Corporation) placed before the Hon’ble Chief Justice Mr. D. H. Waghela and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna a compilation of tree planting activities in Bangalore. The document claims

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The Future Of Tree Protection In Karnataka

A Talk by Mr. Brijesh Kumar, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, BBMP 15 April 2014 ; Time: 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm ; Venue: Xavier Hall, St. Joseph’s Post Graduate Centre, Langford Road, Bangalore Downloads: ESG_Tree_Act_Talk_Invitation_15042014.pdf  Environment Support Group and Department of Environmental Science, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore invite you to a talk on The Future of Tree Protection in Karnataka With specific emphasis on tree protection in urban areas by Mr. Brijesh Kumar, IFS

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Ministry Of Environment And Forests Says Challakere Grasslands A “potential Habitat Of Great Indian Bustard”

Ministry files affidavit in National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone) 30 October 2013 Downloads: ESG Release on MoEF Affidavit in NGT on Challakere Case 30 Oct 2013 In obedience with the 27th September 2013 direction of Justice Mr. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member), constituting the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (South Zone), in Applications 6 and 12 of 2013, the Ministry of Environment and Forests filed a common counter today before

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Bangaloreans Join Hands With The Global Movement Against Monsanto And For Safe Food

Say a loud NO to GMOs and corporatisation of food/farming systems 15 October 2013 Bangalore, October 15th 2013: On the eve of World Food Day, today, Bangalore joined the Global March Against Monsanto and for food safety and seed soverignity. Hundreds of citizens including farmers, consumers, scientists, students, activists and numerous others who gathered in front of the Town Hall here loudly pronounced the rejection of GMOs in our food and farming, and of corporatisation

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Criminal Proceedings Against Monsanto/Mahyco And Others, Back On Track

Karnataka High Court dismisses Petition seeking quashing of criminal prosecution 12 October 2013 Downloads: Release: Criminal proceedings against Monsanto back on track In a significant ruling, Justice Mr. A. S. Pachhapure of the High Court of Karnataka dismissed on 11th October petitions that sought quashing of criminal prosecution of senior representatives of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar (UAS), M/s Mahyco/Monsanto and M/s Sathguru, who have been accused by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and

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Comply With Directions Or Pay Penalty, Ministry Of Environment And Forests Told By National Green Tribunal (Southern Bench)

Directions issued in petitions filed by Environment Support Group and anr. challenging illegal diversion of Amrit Mahal Kavals to defence, nuclear, industrial, institutional and commercial projects in Challakere 27 September 2013 Downloads: ESG Release_MOE to be Penalised_NGT direction_27th Sept 2013 NGT_SZ_Direction_Applcn_6_12_2013_27th Sept 2013 The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (South Zone), Chennai, comprising of Justice Shri. M. Chockalingam and Expert Member Prof. R. Nagendran today directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to file their

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Thousands Urge Chief Minister Siddaramaiah To Save Ahinda Communities Of Challakere By Giving Back The AmritMahal Kavals To The People

A Release from Chitradurga Amrit Mahal Kaval Horata Samithi shared by ESG in the wider public interest 3 September 2013 Downloads: press-release-03sep13-challakere-protest.pdf JILLA AMRITMAHAL KAVAL HORATA SAMITI, CHITRADURGA Press Release September 03, 2013 Thousands urge Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to save Ahinda communities of Challakere by giving back the AmritMahal Kavals to the people     4000 people strong rally marches through Challakere, Chitradurga District in protest against diversion of 10,000 acres of AM Kaval 

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National Green Tribunal Orders Status Quo On Activities Of DRDO, BARC, ISRO, IISc, Et. Al., In Challakere, Chitradurga District, Karnataka

21 August 2013 Downloads: ESG Reply to Report of Fact Finding Committee of NGT Annexures to the ESG Reply to Report of Fact Finding Committee of NGT Affidavit filed by ESG to NGT on FFC report Press release: NGT orders Status Quo on Challakere Projects  Press Release : 21 August 2013 : Chennai National Green Tribunal order Status Quo on activities of DRDO, BARC, ISRO, IISc, et. al., in Challakere, Chitradurga In an unprecedented decision,

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“Forfeiting Our Commons” ESG Report On Challakere Amrit Mahal Kaval Grasslands Submitted To Expert Committee Appointed By National Green Tribunal

Forfeiting Our Commons: A Case for Protecting and Conserving Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kavals as Livelihoods-Supporting, Biodiversity-Rich and Ecologically-Sensitive Grassland Ecosystems.

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