Policies and regulations form the foundation of Governance. In India, policies on the management of environmental and social aspects have been evolved following the principles of and the rights enshrined in our Constitution. The environmental governance was subsequently institutionalized and later structured under the landmark legislation: The Environmental Protection Act of 1986 that was framed after the Bhopal tragedy.

In the year 2006, the Ministry of Environment & Forests came up with the National Environmental Policy that presented an integration of the environmental and social governance with the economic development to address poverty and improve livelihoods of the people.

This module will provide an overview and a narrative on the evolution of environmental policy and key regulations in India. The most recent amendments made will also be covered. The module will also cover provisions such as National Green Tribunal (NGT),  Group work will be conducted using real life case studies.

The module is aimed at imparting knowledge about the overall Environmental Law and Policy regime in India. This module will deliberate on evolution of environmental legislation in India, existing legal framework, role of various institutions in the environmental governance and environmental jurisprudence. This module will offer a good opportunity to interact with environmental law professionals and academicians.

Environmental Policy and Regulations are fast-growing fields that largely deal with the administrative aspects of environmental conservation and management. This course will deliberate on both the science underlying environmental issues and the political, economic, and institutional factors that can be used to promote change. You will develop the ability to create decision-making processes that are scientifically credible, consider a diverse set of interests, and lead to the development of organizations that can protect natural systems and move society toward sustainability.

Module Objective

1.To provide an overview of environmental law and regulations.
2.To gain deeper understanding of Environmental Jurisprudence - Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal (NGT).
3.To understand role of various institutions and legal instruments in environmental governance.
4.To learn about recent notifications and ordinance for Environmental protection.

Topics Covered

•Regulatory authorities of Environmental Governance and Environmental Laws
•Wildlife Protection Act: Case Laws, Forest Right Act: Implementation challenges, Coastal Regulation Zone, Water Pollution Prevention and Control Act, Challenges in Managment of Urban Water Bodies, Solid Waste Management Rules, Environmental Clearance and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), NGT and Courts.
•Recent notifications for environmental protection 

Pedagogical Approach

A combination of lecture and problem based learning.
Panel discussion
Guided field visit.
Self-study with provided study material.

Capacity Development Programme in Environment Management 2019-2020