The Steering Committee (SC) of the Water Conflict Forum has made a thorough review of the draft EIA 2020 notification and also the overall EIA governance system in India, since 1994. Water Conflict Forum is of the opinion that the notification should be withdrawn, as it is further diluting the environmental governance system and, instead, the Government should constitute an expert committee to deliberate in a scientific, transparent, participatory and time bound manner and suggest what should be an appropriate EIA governance legislation and institutional structure in the country to replace the existing one. To read the detailed position of the Forum, Please Click here.
Forum and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) organised a one day meeting in Bangalore. The agenda of the meeting was to bring together practitioners, including representatives from academia and civil society movements, to discuss an alternative approach to resolve the ongoing dispute over sharing of the Cauvery waters. The statement, which has been unanimously agreed by its signatories, talks about an integrated water management in the basin, which includes, principles in sharing water, scientific understanding of the socio-hydrological factors for better planning and participatory and transparent process for water sharing. Click for the Hindi, Tamil and Kannada version of the statement.