1. Continued tracking Implementation and Responding to various processes under the Biological Diversity (BD Act and State Rules on an ongoing basis: This primarily looked at setting up of the institutional structure; activities of the National Biodiversity Authority, State Biodiversity Boards and various committees. This year the main focus was continued analysis and advocacy related to the Access and Benefit Sharing related issues as prescribed under the Biological Diversity Act. This is especially after the Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from which the BD Act gets it objecives from had in Nagoya (Japan) finalised an international protocol for ABS[ See: http://www.kalpavriksh.org/component/content/article/166-chasing-benefits-a-post-nagoya-protocol-view-on-access-and-benefit-sharing];. As part of the Campaign''s efforts several popular articles were written as well as a Briefing Paper prepared. We also filed Right to Information applications as to how the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) in India are taking ABS issues forward and what implications it has on local communities in different ecosystems This analysis is ongoing. Continued efforts were also made to look at the process like preparation of People''s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) and also setting up of local level Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs). This information was regularly posted on an electronic listserve coordinated by Kalpavriksh: ''Biodwatch.'' This has also included responding in detail to the Nagaland State Draft BD Rules both on process and content.
2. I also collaborated with and responded to critical intervention queries related to the declaration of Biodiversity Heritage Sites in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. I was particularly in touch with Deccan Development Society (DDS) and Living Farms for the declaration of BHS process there. In July 2011 a meeting was organised by Living Farms (Odisha) in collaboration with Kalpavirksh, titled '' Conserving the Eco-Cultural Landscapes of Odisha''. As part of this day long meeting participants discussed the options of declaring particular sites in Odisha as BHSs as well as Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) under the Environment Protection Act, 1986. This was to explore long term conservation and landscape level legal protection of areas rather than continued struggles for fights against destructive projects and government schemes. This is now integral to the campaign and my own work. Follow up of this process is ongoing. I also continued writing about the issue of Biodiversity Heritage Sites. Some of the details of these issues and status can be found at : http://www.mylaw.net/Article/Seeking_BHS/; “Medak Awaits Biodiversity Tag”, Civil Society Magazine, August 2011 also available at www.ddsindia.com)
3. Right to Information applications with SBBs, NBA and for Campaign support for local struggles: During the course of the year several Right to Information applications were filed with the National Biodiversity Authority and the State Biodiversity Boards with respect to the Biodiversity campaign. RTI was also used in several occassions to support campaigns in Mundra (Kutch), Dams in Himachal Pradesh, Posco (Orissa). This was done in collaboration and support of the Right to Information clearing house project supported by AID Bay Area.
4. Litigation Support: During the course of the year I have been closely involved in drafting and follow up of two specific litigations in the National Green Tribunal (NGT). These relate to the 300 MW OPG thermal power plant in Bhadreshwar (Kutch) and POSCO''s (Odisha) environment clearance challenge. Details of this can be shared as it is strategic not to disclose in writing.
5. Regional support work continued at various level. Support continued through drafting support letters, RTI applications, appeals with respect to forest and environment issues in Dams in Himachal Pradesh, industrial development along the Mundra coast( Kutch, Gujarat), POSCO ( Orissa), Raigarh (Chhatisgarh), Dams in Sikkim, and coastal issues for the fishworker groups. Support work on agrobiodiversity and environment pollution related issues with Kheti Virasat Mission (Punjab), Living Farms (Orissa) and other such networks was also carried out. One has been in touch with local activists regarding the issues of concern there including pitching in during times of crisis. Details are strategic and therefore not put here, some information is available through the following links: http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/mar11/mar1111.asp; http://www.indiatogether.org/2011/feb/env-opg.htm; http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/657334.aspx; http://indiatogether.org/2011/jan/env-jindal.htm; :
http://www.indiatogether.org/2011/mar/env-firing.htm; http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/apr11/apr1112.asp ; ''Three Burning Spots'', Civil Society Magazine, July 2011; http://indiatogether.org/2011/jul/env-niyam.htm; http://www.indiatogether.org/2011/aug/env-mundra.htm
6. The work also continued national level environment policy analysis which is to have a direct bearing on the local situations e.g. National Green Tribunal, National Environment Protection Authority etc. Submissions related to the same were also made to the Ministry of See some analysis at:
url: http://www.tehelka.com/story_main48.asp?filename=Ne010111Proscons.asp#; http://civilsocietyonline.com/Archive/may11/may1111.asp; http://www.mylaw.net/Article/A_functional_Green_Tribunal/