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  Project Name


ESG-Bangalore Workshop to review changes in Environmental Governance



Environment Support Group










  Budget Approved


Rs 80000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Karthik Ranganathan
Dushyant Sethi


College Park









11 March 2010

Dear Friends and Fellow Activists,

We are very happy to confirm that the response to our workshop initiative to collectively review changes in Environmental Governance in India and evolve strategies for response and action has been very good. So far we have strong representation from groups working on the following issues: forest rights, coastal communities, north east regional issues, mining, urban infrastructure, dams and rivers, GMO and biotechnology issues, farming and food security, nuclear power and liability issues, EIA Notification, human rights, water use and rights, etc.

We now hope more of you will confirm your participation and that you would do so at the earliest. In case you decide to join us, please do confirm your participation by Saturday, 14 March 2010 and assist us in organising required facilities.

Details of the workshop, its intent, issues and themes we could discuss, and proposed agenda are enclosed for your perusal. These are tentative ideas and fully open to review by all. We suggest that discussions relating to workshop agenda and focus could be done by writing emails into the list: envtl_justice@lists.esgindia.org. This way we can assure everyone is part of the discussion. In case you are not on this list, kindly subscribe by sending an email to: leo@esgindia.org.

The workshop will be held at the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, # 67 Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070. Conference facilities, boarding and lodging have all been arranged in this venue. Rooms are on sharing basis and the cost per person per day (all inclusive) is Rs. 600/-. We would like you to confirm by writing to Sruthi (sruthi@esgindia.org) if you will stay at this place or make alternate arrangements.

Reaching the workshop venue is very easy. The training centre is at the intersection of the Inner Ring Road and Attimabbe Road, at the confluence of Padmanabhanagar and Banashankari neighbourhoods and approximately 7-8 kms from the main railway station and bus stand. This is a major traffic junction and the place is popularly known as Devegowda Petrol Bunk circle which serves as your landmark to reach by auto or taxi. Any bus plying to these neighbouhoods or passing through this circle will stop at this point. In case you find it difficult to reach, please do not hesitate to call Mallesh (09448377402).

We are happy to share that reimbursement of basic travel costs has been made possible due to two small grants from Action Aid and Association for Indias Development. In case your organisation cannot support your travel, please do let us know by Saturday by writing to Sruthi providing full details of your travel plans and costs involved.

Thank you for your enthusiastic response. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Ugadi!


Leo F. Saldanha/Bhargavi S. Rao
Environment Support Group





SG projects cover a wide range of issues, a common theme across which is that of encouraging community involvement in decision making regarding environmental and social justice concerns. ESG organises or participates in facilitating public meetings and workshops with the intention of raising awareness in the community, judiciary and government bodies about environmental issues, environmental law, and the citizens'' Rights. Films and Documentaries are a medium through which we can disseminate information about our projects to a wide audience. To purchase any of our films, please contact us





ESG functions mainly in the following areas: Research functions include a range of activities from broad-based research initiatives such as monitoring and identifying major policy and investment decisions and their impacts, to conducting specific research into individual projects to understand their socio-economic and environmental impacts. We continuously update such information and feed-forward to a various civil society organisations in order to influence various decision making levels of the Government. Documentation and Publication involves specific focus on issues of law and policy relating to Environment and Conservation. We monitor developments, investments and policies by sourcing of a variety of literature (newspaper and magazines, scientific journals, company profiles, government orders, policy statements, etc.) and make it available to campaigns, training initiatives, media advocacy, lobbying, public interest litigation''s (PILs), publications, etc. Legal Support to local communities and campaign networks to access various legally mandated avenues in ensuring social and environmental justice concerns are not compromised in decisions affecting their life and livelihood. When need arises this relationship advances to supporting Public Interest Litigation by enabling the affected communities to represent their cause by litigation documentation and providing public interest lawyering support. ESG has independently initiated or intervened with PILs on certain issues when needed. Training involves development of training modules and conducting of workshops on a range of topics such as environment and social justice issues, legislation and policies, perspectives of development, alternatives, campaign strategies, etc. for a variety of focus groups at local and regional levels. Campaign activities involve addressing environmental and social justice concerns with local communities, the media, administration, legislature, judiciary, business community and the public.



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