Green Tape.... Red Tape...

This blog is about a book, Green Tapism, brought out by the Environment Support Group (ESG) Bangalore.

ESG is an independent not-for-profit voluntary organisation whose work involves research, documentation, advocacy, training and campaign support on a variety of environmental and social justice issues. They are among the strongest proponents in the country for the reform of environmental decision making processes: they would like to see this become more participatory as well as environmentally and socially just.

Green Tapism is one more effort on their part to see this happen.

The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification issued in 1994 by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is amongst the most critical legislative instruments that covers key aspects of environmental decision making including assessment of prospective environmental and social impacts of proposed developments. A comprehensive amendment of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification was issued in September 2006. Throughout the process of its formulation there has been an active demand from Parliamentarians and civil society organisations that the Notification must only be finalized after it has been thoroughly debated and discussed across the country, especially in the Parliament, the Legislatures and Local government bodies. Given its critical importance to ensuring the ecological and livelihood security of India, this is the only reasonable stand to take.

Much against this legitimate demand, MoEF decided to consult mainly industry and investment lobbies, completely ignoring the call for a wider debate. A sad, regressive step.

"Green Tapism- A Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006" is a product of extensive and in-depth research, of well over 6 months since the Notification was finalised. Written by Leo Saldhana, Abhayraj Naik, Arpita Joshi and Subramanya Sastry in a style that discusses extensively the objectives of EIA based planning, both in the Indian and International contexts, the report can be relied on for understanding the new EIA Notification- 2006, its legal basis (or the lack of it), the problems that could be anticipated in its implementation, the implications for local communities and environmental groups in particular, and the widespread aggravation of the environmental and social impacts the Notification is likely to cause.

Available on our site at a nominal cost. (We might have named it Green Tape-ism, of course, but what's in a name...)

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