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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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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How To Get Ward Committees To Work For The City

A workshop organised as part of ESG’s ‘How To’ Workshop series 19 January 2018 Downloads: Report of the Workshop The transformations in our cities and urban agglomeration triggered by globalization demand a review on the various developmental paradigms. Because of this, cities are becoming fragmented spaces: gated areas for wealthy citizens, ‘abandoned’ spaces for the poor. Rights deprivation like access to clean water, adequate housing, and education is becoming concentrated in these abandoned spaces. This

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How To Get Ward Committees To Work For The City

A 2nd Workshop in the ESG ‘How to’ Workshop series 19 January 2018 ; Time: 5.30 pm to 8 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070. https://goo.gl/maps/u94Ymtnt6L22 Downloads: How to Make Ward Committees Work for the City Kannada: How to Make Ward Committees Work for the City ‘How to do it?’ workshops An ESG initiative How to get Ward Committees to work for the city The workshop Facilitators

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How To Understand And Comment On The Revised Draft Masterplan (RMP) 2031 For Bengaluru

An ESG “How to do it?” Workshop initiative 16 December 2017 ; Time: 4 pm to 6.30 pm (followed by the screening of a documentary: Our Metropolis) ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 Downloads: “How to do it?” Workshop Concept “How to do it?”: RMP 2031 ESG Workshop Poster 16122017 How to plan Bengaluru: A city for people and not for profit REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031 FOR BENGALURU

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How To Save Trees In Cities And Make Urban Planning People Centric

Some Ideas to Advance Public Involvement in Urban Decision Making Recently, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) received a surge of objections from people opposing the felling of hundreds of trees for the proposed steel flyover on Ballari Road and the widening of Jayamahal Road. In addition, concerns have been raised regarding the ongoing felling of trees on Kanakapura Road and Mysore Road. There is also the threat of mass felling of trees along the western corridors of

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Karnataka Government Must Freeze Mass Tree Felling Till Necessary Public Review Safeguards Are In Place

Chief Minister directs Urban Development Secretary to take action 28 February 2017 Downloads: ESG Press Release: CM Directs UDD Sec to review Mass Tree Felling decision ESG Representation: UDD Secretary Urged to Stop Mass Tree Felling CM directs Urban Dev Sec to review Mass Tree Felling procedures It has been confirmed by the Tree Officer of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that over 30,000 objections have been received in response to the Public Notice1 issued

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BBMP Proposals For Mass Felling Of Trees Illegal, In Contempt Of Court

BBMP Tree Officer Notice calling for Public Comments has to be withdrawn 10 February 2017 Downloads: ESG Rep to BBMP Tree Officer – Mass Felling Illegal 9th Feb 2017 BBMP Public Notice on Jayamahal Road Tree Felling GOK SC Affidavit in BMCIP case affirming KTCP Act Jayamahal Tree Felling Illegal, in Contempt of Court The same law applies to Steel Flyover and other Infrastructure projects as well There is an eerie feeling to the recent

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Press Release – Public Hearing To Review Proposed Tree Felling For Phase II Of Bangalore Metro, Cancelled For The Third Time

11 March 2016 Downloads: Release_Metro_3rd hearing_cancelled_press release Public Hearing to review proposed Tree Felling for Phase II of Bangalore Metro, cancelled for the third time Metro Officials come unprepared, again, as BBMP Forest Wing says it has no resources to perform its statutory review and regulatory functions The Public Hearing called by the Forest Wing of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on 11th March 2016 at the Jayanagar City Central Library in Bangalore South,

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Bangalore Metro’s Efforts To Secure Ritual Clearance For Felling 300 Trees Fails: Legally Infirm Public Hearing Called By BBMP Tree Officer Cancelled

Its NOT only about trees. It’s about upholding the Honour of the Court, about making Democracy work 24 November 2015 Downloads: Joint Representation to put Bangalore Metro on Legal Track A battery of senior officials of the Bangalore Metro came to a Public Hearing called by Mr. Ranganathaswamy, Asst Conservator of Forests (Bangalore South) and Tree Officer of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. The officials came armed with power points demonstrating that the Metro is a

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Karnataka High Court Dismisses PIL Demanding Planned Improvement Of Roads In Bangalore

Eight year old PIL seeking to protect lakhs of trees and rights of thousands of urban residents, dismissed in minutes 8 June 2015 Downloads: Release: ESG’s Road Widening Case dismissed Kannada Release: ESG’s Road Widening Case dismissed The Principal Bench of the High Court of Karnataka constituted by Acting Chief Justice Mr. Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Mr. Ram Mohan Reddy dismissed today W.P. No, 7107/2008, a Public Interest Litigation filed by Environment Support Group

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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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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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Workshop On Addressing Inadequacies Of The Karnataka Preservation Of Trees Act, 1976

in light of the observations made by the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka on Karnataka Government’s intent to reform the law 26 January 2013 ; Time: 2 pm – 6 pm ; Venue: Ashirwad, 30, St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore Downloads: Tree Act Review Workshop Invitation Tree Act Review Background Note Environment Support Group and Bangalore Environment Trust cordially invite you to a workshop on Addressing Inadequacies of the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976 in

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Workshop On Establishment Of Ward Committees In 198 Wards Of Bangalore Held

in compliance with directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka 16 January 2013 ; Time: 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm ; Venue: Student Christian Mission House, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Mission Road, Bangalore 560027 Tel: 080 2222 3761 Downloads: Invitation to Workshop on Establishment of Ward Cmts in Bangalore Note on Context of Court directing establishment of Ward Committees Report of Workshop on Constituting Ward Committees, 16 Jan 2013   Environment Support Group,

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Workshop On Wise Use, Rehabilitation, Conservation And Protection Of Lakes And Their Canal Networks In Karnataka

Workshop Invitation 22 September 2012 ; Time: 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm ; Venue: SCM House, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Mission Road, Bangalore Workshop Date: 22 September 2012(REGISTRATION CLOSES 20 SEPTEMBER)   Over the past two decades there has been a serious decline in the quality and number of lakes in the Bangalore urban region due to encroachment, pollution and neglect. The same situation exists across the State of Karnataka. This has resulted in

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Bangalore Road Widening And Other Urban Transport Projects Impacted Communities Unite

BATPIC Network launched with the objective of pursuing urban transport projects that are socially just, economically viable, environmentally friendly and long lasting solutions 17 July 2012 Downloads: Statement of BATPIC Network: 17 July 2012 Statement of BATPIC Network – Kannada: 17 July 2012   Joint Statement    Summary:     ·         Over the past decade, Bangalore has seen an unsustainable rise in the use of personal modes of travel causing massive traffic jams and wastage

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Karnataka High Court Decision Approving Sadashivnagar-Yeshwantpur Road Widening Regressive

Revisitation of this order essential given the irrereversible and deep impacts on people’s rights to life, housing and livelihood, and the environment 18 June 2012 Downloads: Analysis: Sadashivnagar Road Widening Decision Regressive SUMMARY   A Division Bench of the High Court of Karntaka has held that the widening of the Sadashivnagar road for 6 laning is in conformance with the law, even when the public have been denied opportunity of participating in such a decision.

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Environment Support Group Gets United Nations “WATER FOR LIFE” 2012 Best Practices Award

Comprehensive efforts to conserve Bangalore Lakes that bring together Judiciary, Government and wide public considered strategic to building ecological, water and economic security 23 March 2012 Downloads: Pictorial Brochure on ESG’s Lakes effort Release on ESG winning the UN ‘Water for Life’ Award 2012 UN Water for Life Awardees with UN Officials and Dignitaries UN Water for Life Award Citation UN Water for Life Award Medal NDTV feature on ESG’s lakes conservation initiative ESG Brief

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Public Consultation Must In Planning And Building Metro Or Any Infrastructure Project

Unprecedented Decision by High Court of Karnataka holds Officials directly accountable for any lapse 17 December 2010 Downloads: esg-pil-metro-judgement-13241-09-161110.pdf Background: Environment Support Group and ors had challenged the construction of the southern reach of Bangalore Metro as being in gross violation of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act and other statutes in a Public Interest Litigation (WP 13241/2009). This was associated with widespread protests over the highly illegal development of the Southern Reach of

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Successful Protest Opposing Tree Act Amendment

Campaign to Reclaim Bangalore’s Commons 21 May 2010 Enthusiastic Response to State Wide protests against Regressive Amendment to the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act Forest Department Unlikely to proceed with the amendment On the eve of the World Biodiversity Day, over a hundred individuals and representatives of a wide variety of organisations from across Bangalore came together in front of Aranya Bhavan, Hq. Of Karnataka State Forest Department, to protest a proposed regressive amendment to the

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What’s Happening In Bangalore?

Meeting the challenge of Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, Public spaces and Our Commons Written by Anjali Vaidya and Anitha Sampath 4 July 2009   A full-day, public workshop entitled “What’s Happening in Bangalore? Meeting the challenge of Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, Public spaces and Our Commons!” was held on Saturday, 4th July 2009, organized by Environment Support Group (ESG), Hasiru Usiru and CIVIC Bangalore. The purpose of the workshop was to build public awareness about the fundamental

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