Policy Statements and Appeals

Letter to the Prime Minister of India on the Ken-Betwa Link project

Fresh Appeal to the Prime Minister of India on the Ken- Betwa Link Project

Letter published in Economic political weekly - 'The Illegality of Ken–Betwa Link Project: Letter to the Prime Minister of India'

Draft EIA 2020 notification: Position of Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India

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 Water Conflict Forum is of the opinion that the notification should be withdrawn, as it is further diluting the environmental governance system and, instead, the Government should constitute an expert committee to deliberate in a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.

Sharing the Waters of Cauvery: An alternative vision and approach (October, 2016)

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 HindiTamil and Kannada version of the statement. 

Appeal for not increasing the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (September, 2014)

Forum made an appeal to Sushri Uma Bharti, the Honourable Minister of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, to withdraw the decision of raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam. The raise in the height of the dam will result in more displacement of people and thereby their rehabilitation. Moreover, at the current height of the dam, only a small portion of the water is being utilized. Click to view letter.