Environmental Support Group Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)
State of Environmental Decision-Making in India
A Workshop for Practitioners
Organised by Environment Support Group, Bangalore
& Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group, Chennai
Bangalore, 23-26 April, 2017
FOCUS OF THE WORKSHOP
This workshop is designed to assist practitioners deepen their understanding of environmental justice in the context of growing challenges of the 21st Century.
The workshop will present a critical review of key environmental, social justice and forest protection laws and policies, and evolving environmental jurisprudence.
Participants will be invited to reflect on the ways in which people interact with the natural and the built environment, with particular attention to the social processes that promote and maintain ecological inequalities, generate sustainable or unsustainable patterns of resource use, and privilege particular types of knowledge about our relationship with the environment.
The resource persons will draw from their activism, research and academic experience to share some of their own challenges and strategies to understand and address environmental justice issues.
Participants will learn to assess political and communication strategies, technological innovations and ethical values as tools for achieving sustainable environments.
The workshop is envisaged as a beginning of a shared learning journey, and as a means of strengthening existing solidarity networks or building new ones.
Objectives of the workshop are to provide participants an operational understanding of:
- Environmental Impact Assessment of developmental, infrastructure and energy projects, its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
- Forest rights, securing rights of adivasis and other forest dwelling communities, conservation of bio-resources and protection of associated traditional knowledge, and ways to tackle bio-piracy.
- Prevailing problems in conservation of forests, wildlife habitats, biodiversity, ecologically sensitive areas, wetlands, rivers, commons, etc.
- Democratic decision making relating to land use planning (urban and rural) and land acquisition processes.
- Securing environmental and social justice through innovative engagement with governance systems and a variety of litigative opportunities.
- How to plan from the ground to build an economically viable, socially just, environmentally sensitive and ecologically sound and healthy society for the benefit of present and future generations.
Rs. 6,000 per participant payable in advance by Wire Transfer/DD/Cheque in favour of ‘Environment Support Group‘, payable at Bangalore.
The fee includes cost of simple shared boarding, food, course fee, and field travel costs. We do not want the course fee to be a deterrent to your participation. So please talk to us if you need financial assistance.
All participants are required to cover their own travel costs. Again, talk to us if you need travel support.
Participants will be accommodated in a government run training hostel close to the ESG Workshop Space. Accommodation is comfortable, but not luxurious. Those in need of a hotel within walking distance of the workshop venue, will be assisted with choices.
ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Intermediate Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 (abutting ESG office)
|Registration deadline||Tuesday, April 18th, 2017; 8 pm|
|Workshop dates||Sunday, April 23rd to Wednesday, April 26th, 2017|
|Arrival and Departure||All Workshop participants must arrive by 7 am of 23rd April, and leave no sooner than 10 pm of 26th April.|
Keeping in view the need for comprehensive participation in the workshop, we recommend a four night (five days) stay in Bangalore. For those traveling long distances, we strongly recommend that you arrive by the night of 22nd April.
Registration will close at 8 pm on April 18th, 2017.
Please click this link and complete the form.
Please submit the form online and, also, email a signed and scanned copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEY CONTACT PERSONS
Harsh Vardhan Bhati is the workshop coordinator and can be reached for any issue relating to participation in the workshop. Cell: +91-98713 79060 Email: email@example.com
For all logistical support, such as hotel bookings, travel, board and food arrangements, etc., please contact ESG’s Logistics Manager Ms. Pushpalatha on +91-80-26713560~61 or +91-9880663608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Environment Support Group|
[Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives]
1572, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage;
Bangalore 560070. INDIA
Tel: +91-80-26713560-61 Fax: +91-80-26713316
|Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)|
246/ 277B TTK Road (JJ Road);
Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018 INDIA
Website: www.cag.org.in ;
|23 April||24 April||25 April||26 April|
|08:00 AM-09:00||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Departure: 06:00|
|09:00-10:30||Overview of Environmental Decision-making processes in India|
Satyarupa Shekhar and Leo Saldanha
|Implications of Bio-piracy and Bio-prospecting on conservation of Bio-resources and protection of associated Traditional Knowledge|
Leo Saldanha and Harsh Bhati
|Contextualising Urban and Regional Planning in Environmental Decision Making: Role of Public and Local Governments in Environmental Decision-Making|
Satyarupa Shekhar & Dr. Swetha Rao Dhanaka
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee/Tea Break||Coffee/Tea Break||Coffee/Tea Break||Visit Challakere to converse with communities impacted by Country’s largest Military Industrial Nuclear Complex- “Science City”- on the occasion of Chernobyl Day!|
|11:00 – 13:00||Key Principles of Environmental Jurisprudence, Interpretation and Implementation|
Leo F. Saldanha and Harsh Bhati
|Tackling Commodification, Diversion and Encroachment of Commons – Reclaiming Commons as a Strategy for Public Action|
|Conservation of Water and Wetlands and securing the Rights of Water grounded Communities in the context of push for commodifying water|
Dr. Kshitij Urs
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|14:00 – 16:00||Thermal energy and Environmental concerns: Regulatory Laws, Economics and Governance|
N. K. Kuttiappan and Vishnu Rao
|Securing Forest Rights and protecting forests and wildlife: Issues, Challenges and Legal Complexities|
Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu
Role of Financial Institutions in Environmental Management and Review of Key Regulatory Agencies and their Practices
Joe Athialy and Himanshu Upadhya
|16:00 – 16:30||Coffee/Tea Break||Coffee/Tea Break||Coffee/Tea Break|
|16:30 – 18:30||Exploring Legal Avenues in attending to Environmental and Public Health concerns|
Sunil Dutt Yadav
|Appraisal of Energy, Environment and Development concerns in Environmental Decision Making|
Dr. Manu Mathai
|Promoting inclusive community participation in healing fragile ecosystems|
|18.30 – 19.00||Break||Break||Break|
|19:00 – 20:15||Public Health and Environment|
Dr. Shirdi Prasad Tekur
|Citizen Science: Research to secure Environmental Justice|
Dr. Swetha Rao Dhanaka
|Land Use and Infrastructure Planning, and Land Diversion and Acquisition Processes|
Joe Athialy and Leo F. Saldanha
|20.15||Summary of the Day and Dinner||Summary of the Day and Dinner||Summary of the Day and Dinner|
Full details are here.