News Update: Protest against the MoEF circular exempting linear projects from requirements of gram sabha consent
Please find letters sent to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) by Kalpavriksh protesting against the MoEF circular exempting linear projects from requirements of gram sabha consent.
For all those kids whose summer vacation is around the corner- The Magic Garden and Sanjay Sondhi's Doonwatch Series has a host of articles that are packed with interesting information that can keep you glued and reading about nature on the computer for hours.
A Research Study and Four Sectoral Briefing Papers (Available in both English and Hindi).
The study is an inquiry into whether India’s domestic legislative measure related to biodiversity and people’s knowledge –- the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, can in compliance with Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) become a balancing force. Based on actual experiences, including the first 108 ABS agreements signed by India’s National Biodiversity Authority and the positions of the Government of India vis-a-vis the international law on ABS contained in the Nagoya Protocol, it examines whether the legal regime gives equal attention to facilitating access by users on one hand, and on the other hand guaranteeing real benefits to local provider communities.
Know more about this study by Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani
As the Millennium Development Goals come up for review and possible reframing in 2015, discussions have been initiated within countries to assess possible ‘development’ frameworks that could more effectively lead to human well-being while ensuring ecological sustainability. This paper proposes a sustainability-centred framework of wellbeing for India, based on a set of principles and goals that would be relevant globally.
The Indicators for sustainable development / human well-being goals and targets for India, focus on environmental sustainability, and need to be complemented with goals/targets and indicators for other aspects of human well-being
KV filed a Special Leave Petition in August 2012, in the matter of Ajay Dubey vs. UoI and others (commonly known as the tiger tourism case). The petition relates to the need of following due procedures including legally mandated gram sabha consultations while notifying buffer zones of tiger reserves. READ MORE
The Documentation Center at Kalpavriksh brings you the updated - People in Conservation, The May-October Issue Vol 4 issue 3 (Hindi).
Kalpavriksh, Oakland Institute, PEACE, and INSAAF organised three events highlighting the role of Indian companies and government in massive landgrabs in Ethiopia and other African countries, on 5/6th February 2013. See Briefing note and press coverage...
- Ethiopia landgrab article -The Hindu 19 Feb 2013 Latest!
- Briefing Note: Ethiopia land acquisition further revised
- Ethiopia Speaks: Call against forcible land grab - Souzeina Mushtaq, Delhi, Hard News
- Indian companies involved in Ethiopia land grab-activists - Hindustan Times
Indian companies' investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists, Business Standard
- Indian investors are forcing Ethiopians off their land - Global development -John Vidal, The Guardian
- Ethiopia dam project is devastating the lives of remote indigenous groups - John Vidal, The Guardian
- As It Happened: Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments