Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

A blog by researchers of the the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environmental Justice Programme: In June 2014, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) constituted the Shailesh Nayak (SN) Committee to review the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2011. While it was reportedly done in response to state governments’ concerns regarding coastal … More Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Speaking at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India (ESI), held at the University of Calicut, ESI president Dr S Faizi said, “We need to think beyond the human barriers, reform our assumptions, methodologies and protocols so that we make new strides in understanding the complex world of animal behaviour, and communicate our … More Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency

It was on the night of December 2, 1984, when Bhopal died a million deaths. The chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC), that spilled out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory turned the city into a vast gas chamber. People ran on the streets, vomiting and dying. The city ran out of cremation grounds. It … More Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency

Democratic decision-making eludes amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011

In the following blog, researchers of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environment Justice Program argue that  there has been little public engagement during the revisions carried out since 2014 in the Coastal Regulatory Zone notification, 2011, despite requests and suggestions from the fishers, urban planners, dwellers of coastal cities, environmentalists and academics: India’s Coastal … More Democratic decision-making eludes amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011

Annual CO2 emission related to groundwater based irrigation in India is not significant

Excerpts from “Groundwater depletion and associated CO2 emissions in India” by Vimal Mishra, Akarsh Asoka, Kamal Vatta, and Upmanu Lall,  Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar* India, the world’s largest groundwater user, withdraws about 230 billion m3groundwater annually for irrigation. Excessive groundwater pumping in India leads to rapid groundwater depletion and  CO2 … More Annual CO2 emission related to groundwater based irrigation in India is not significant

A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

A report prepared by two environmentalists, Bhim Singh Rawat and Siddharth Agarwal, who took a walk* along Ken river and find that they should have brought along the policymakers, planners, engineers and politicians claiming to help it: When heading out on an adventure, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery of the area … More A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

CRZ approvals can be meaningful only when coastal communities are involved in preparing CZMPs

Submission of comments, objections and clarification by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environmental Justice Programme on the draft Coastal Zone Plan Management to the member-secretary, Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority, Gujarat government: This is with reference to the draft CZMP maps that were issued by the Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). We are … More CRZ approvals can be meaningful only when coastal communities are involved in preparing CZMPs