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April 24, 2017

Climate Change & Legal Empowerment – Namati’s CEO in WIRED magazine (UK Edition)

by Namati in Environment, Namati News

  In the latest UK edition of WIRED magazine, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, shares his ideas on what we, as a global community, must do to combat climate change. Maru proposes that while vital, the current trend of focusing on large-scale policy change is not enough. We need to simultaneously invest in bottom-up environmentalism by…

April 20, 2017

Four-Part Series on Coastal Regulations in India

by Namati in Environment

Impending legislation changes in India are set to significantly impact coastal communities. In response, the CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program has launched the “Coastal Regulation” series. The four-part series will explore the proposed changes, the potential community impacts, and provide background on the current Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011 to provide insight on what steps need be…

March 28, 2017

Counterview: “Industrial projects operating without environmental clearances to be legalised?

by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

On March 14, 2017, India’s Environment Ministry released a revised final notification that will allow any project, even those who have been illegally operating, to apply for Environmental Clearances (EC). The notification would provide amnesty for actions such as illegal land grabs and environmental regulation violations and limit a community’s ability to hold businesses and those in…

March 23, 2017

The Wire: “Environment Ministry to Bend Over Backwards to Whitelist Illicit Projects”

by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

The following is an excerpt from an article published on The Wire’s online site on March 22, 2017 by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli, CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program staff members in New Dehli, India. On March 14, 2017, [India’s] environment ministry issued a notification that is a remarkable show of partisan support to projects that have been…

March 17, 2017

How a Coastal Violation is Leading to a Small Revolution in Karnataka

by Vinod Patgar in Environment

The following blog by CPR-Namati Enviro-Legal Coordinator, Vinod Patgar, originally appeared on myLaw.net. Baad, a village near my village of Kagal in coastal Karnataka, hosts a fair every year at the Shri Kanchika Parameshwari temple. As children, the joy of going to this fair was unparalleled. During the fair, the yakshagana, a folk dance, used…

December 12, 2016

Barefoot Lawyers, Communities, and the Earth

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog first appeared as part of Article 3 Advisor’s special blog series on climate justice. Check out their site for other blog series on topics ranging from prison to refugees to modern day slavery. The global human rights movement has made extraordinary progress, at least by the letter of the law. Many countries now…

October 31, 2016

Get your facts right, get them to act right

by Chicu Lokgariwar, India Water Portal in Environment

The following article was written by Chicu Lokgariwar from India Water Portal (IWP) following a training program on community-led research methods for environmental justice in India that took at the Sambhavnaa Institute, Palampur in September 2016. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon of Centre for Policy Research (CPR)- Namati,…

October 25, 2016

India’s Tadri Port Project in Troubled Waters

by Mahabelshwar Hegde and Krithika Dinesh in Environment

In the Indian state of Karnataka, a large port project has begun to flounder under the weight of a faulty impact assessment, legal violations, data disparities and procedural lapses. The biggest challenge to any major project is its environmental credentials. Recently, the Prime Minister’s Project Monitoring Group (PMG) revealed that 40 percent of the 419…

September 15, 2016

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

by Namati in Environment

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work.  Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

August 4, 2016

India’s Coastal Law Got a Skewed Review – and Now, an Opaque Revamp

by Meenakshi Kapoor in Environment

By allowing construction closer to the sea, waiving building regulations for coastal towns and limiting decentralisation to states, coastal conservation and livelihood protection in India have been swept aside. In June this year, the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change disclosed the report of the committee constituted to review the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)…

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