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  project name ~ Campaign for Bio-Diversity and Environment

category ~ Environment

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Campaign for Bio-Diversity and Environment

  NGO

 

Kalpavriksh

  Category

 

Environment

  District

 

New Delhi

  State

 

Delhi

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 313500

 

  Year Approved

 

2012

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

1  

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Somu Kumar

 

College Park

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

Some specific activities are:

1. 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. Efforts were also made to look at the process of setting up of local level Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs). Related processes like the Indian Biodiversity Information System, types of approvals granted by the NBA and the process followed therein was also looked at. 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 Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. I was particularly in touch with Deccan Development Society (DDS) and GKVK University for the declaration of BHS process there. The work with DDS was more detailed and indepth in nature and is still ongoing.

3. Research on Access and Benefit Sharing: Special focus was given to research on ABS related aspects of the BD Act implementation and also a preliminary analysis of ABS negotiating documents. This included developing critiques and analysis prior to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP10 in Nagoya, Japan as well as an analysis of the ABS protocol that emerged through the Nagoya process. This work is ongoing.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

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/

 

  Goals

 

 

Writing in web based and mainstream media (both regional and national) was a central to the work carried out during the year. This has included three monthly contributions to Civil Society, Agrowon marathi paper and www.indiatogether.org. Other than this I have written individually and in partnership on several current issues related to agrobiodiversity, environment, food security ranging from policy level changes to on ground efforts. These were regularly shared within the AID network. The future work for which support is being requested will be to carry forward many of these activities as they require ongoing intervention. Although in some cases specific projects or policies which require support/campaigns/action/analysis will be different, they will largely fall within the realm of work that I have been carrying out in 2011.

 
 

  


 
 
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