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Namati's Environmental Justice Articles

Namati’s team in India use journalism and advocacy as part of their work.

Here is a collection of all their articles specific to India’s environment.

The Good & Bad of Environmental Law Reform in India

December 2, 2014

In India, a High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has submitted its report to the environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, following its review of six of India’s major environmental laws. Some of the laws date back to the 1920s and the report offered an opportunity to strengthen the…

Targeting Illegal Mining in India’s Forests

November 6, 2014
in Land & Natural Resources

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli explains how public interest litigation finally forced the authorities to act against illegal iron ore mines in the forests of Odisha. 27 October 2014 – The discourse around iron and steel in India has taken a huge political turn since 2007. In 2007, the Karnataka state government, while recognising the problem of rampant illegal…

India’s Quest for Power

July 31, 2014
in Land & Natural Resources, Land & Natural Resources

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…

Forest peoples ‘written out’ of India’s forest clearance reforms

July 11, 2014

A new process for forest clearances has been proposed in India that makes no mention of the communities whose livelihoods and culture are rooted in the subcontinent’s remaining forests.

The questionable legality of Gujarat’s fabled economic model

April 24, 2014

Namati’s Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli, with Bharat Patel, look at the consequences for environmental justice of Gujarat’s policies that favour corporations over local people.

Kandla’s lost beauty

March 4, 2014

A 2011 government notification declared India’s entire Gulf of Kutch a ‘Critical Vulnerable Coastal Area’ because of its ecological fragility. But the coast is not being protected. Researcher Kanchi Kohli writes about the grave destruction of livelihoods and environment that continues along the coast, with ongoing displacement and legal violations that may mean the damage can never be undone.

Outsourcing Environment Decisions

January 22, 2014

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.”

Gujarat: massive port expansion and weak environmental regulation

January 6, 2014

Kanchi Kohli examines the flaws in an Environmental Impact Assessment for a huge expansion in port facilities on the coast of Gujarat in India.

Keep the coasts clear for artisanal fishermen

November 25, 2013

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, for centuries.

Is India’s new Cabinet Committee on Investment more interested in bypassing laws than supporting them?

October 30, 2013

The Committee, established January 2013, seems to be operating on the premise that when the country’s environment and forest laws threaten to slow economic progress they should be “brushed aside and rendered ineffective”, writes Kanchi Kohli.