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Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India, Indonesia and Myanmar

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program

From the 1990s when many Asian countries and other parts of the world embraced economic liberalization, speculative business interests in land have replaced state control of land use for developmental purposes. Large-scale land conversions and land grabs have exploded in Asia following economic globalization and many point to the years of 2005 to 2008, when...

Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program

This study is an attempt to understand the lived experience of people affected by land use change and related conflicts. Equally, if not more importantly, this research seeks to analyse what affected people do when such conflicts arise. What are the strategies they adopt and what kinds of remedies do they seek? Further, what drives...

Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in Indonesia

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program

Over the last 50 years, most Asian countries have gone through a shift from subsistence agricultural systems to industrialised economies. But few have been as turbulent as Indonesia. The history of Indonesia’s land and natural resources is tied to the swings in the country’s political regime. Following intense political instability since independence, President Sukarno’s ‘Guided...

Outsourcing Environment Decisions

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli

Namati’s Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli argue that the current system of ‘independent’ environmental regulation in India is failing because governing laws do not articulate clear intended environmental outcomes. They argue for “a practice of outcome-based governmental decision making located within the public sphere of influence” toward a goal of “substantive justice rather than procedural efficiency.”

CZMAs and Coastal Environments: Two Decades of Regulating Land Use Change on India’s Coastline

Manju Menon, Meenakshi Kapoor, Preeti Venkatram, Kanchi Kohli, Satnam Kaur

The Centre for Policy Research – Namati Environmental Justice Program has recently completed a study titled CZMAs and Coastal Environments: Two Decades of Regulating Land Use Change on India’s Coastline. The study analyses the structure, functioning and performance of CZMAs. After three years of detailed and in-depth research, this report is now available as the...

Groundtruthing: A Note on Methodology

Namati, Centre for Policy Research

An overview of Groundtruthing – a methodology for comparing facts stated in official documents and maps with the ground realities at a site or in a place. Groundtruthing can act as an effective tool to create evidence by collecting easily observable facts about operations that might be illegal, prohibited or causing harm. The evidence can...

The coast is clear for corporate polluters

Manju Menon

In India, ‘a dangerous precedent’ is being set as companies running large development projects pay ‘compensation’ for ecological damage instead of following environmental regulation laws, argues Namati’s Manju Menon.

Shelter from the storm? Use and misuse of coastal vegetation bioshields for managing natural disasters

Manju Menon

Vegetated coastal ecosystems provide goods and services to billions of people. In the aftermath of a series of recent natural disasters, including the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Nargis, coastal vegetation has been widely promoted for the purpose of reducing the impact of large storm surges and tsunami. In this paper, we review the use of coastal vegetation as a “bioshield” against these extreme events. Our objective is to alter bioshield policy and reduce the long-term negative consequences for biodiversity and human capital. We begin with an overview of the scientific literature, in particular focusing on studies published since the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 and discuss the science of wave attenuation by vegetation. We then explore case studies from the Indian subcontinent and evaluate the detrimental impacts bioshield plantations can have upon native ecosystems, drawing a distinction between coastal restoration and the introduction of exotic species in inappropriate locations. Finally, we place bioshield policies into a political context, and outline a new direction for coastal vegetation policy and research.

Re-engineering the Legal and Policy Regimes on Environment

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli

Environment impact assessment was supposed to be a critical tool in environmental decisionmaking. But it has been re-engineered to severely reduce its usefulness as an instrument for public participation in decision-making. This article, written against the backdrop of proposals for a new coastal regulation zone notification, analyses the different characteristics of environmental regulations and the new environment policy, and shows how a new perspective facilitates speedy clearance of projects that affect people’s livelihoods and the environment.

Keep the coasts clear for artisinal fishermen

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli

India’s vibrant coastline is home to the intricate profession of artisanal fishing, and some of the world’s worst land grabs and environmental violations in recent years. On World Fisheries Day, Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli suggest a practical road forward to protect fishing communities and the land they have depended on, leaving hardly a footprint,...

Environmental Decision-making: Whose Agenda?

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli

Despite revisions in the environment impact assessment notification in 2006, the deficiencies have not been overcome. As a result, environment impact assessments, which assess a project by technical means as well as public opinion, are hardly thought of as important decision-making tools. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli investigate.

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Stretching the meaning of ‘reforestation’ beyond breaking point

This OpEd first appeared in The Caravan Magazine. Ever since he took charge as the minister for the environment and forests in May last year, Prakash Javadekar has appeared to be in quite a hurry. His task, he has stated over and over again to the media whenever the opportunity has presented itself, is to…

Posted November 2, 2015