Environment Clearance for thermal power plant in India quashed for inadequate environmental impact assessment
On 10 November, 2014, in a significant decision, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) – the specialized environmental court in India – quashed the Environment Clearance (EC) for the 3600 MW thermal power plant of IL&FS in Tamil Nadu. The Tribunal held that the project proponent had a “casual approach” in conducting the cumulative impact assessment of the project, which was based on incomplete information and “non-existent” standards. It also held that the EC was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) without application of mind.
Article by Alisa Zomer, Yale F&ES ‘14
The murals and graffiti that define public space in Bogota give an impression of the country’s creativity, diversity, and struggle. Emerging from a period of political and social unrest, Colombia is enjoying a period of economic growth and positive international attention. As an example of what is possible, Colombia is the perfect place for civil society to gather from around the world to learn from one another, share strategies, and get energized to move on important environmental rights.
The Fifth Global Gathering of the Access Initiative in Bogotá, Colombia is fast approaching and we are excited to be convening a diverse group of civil society and community leaders from around the world. We look forward to sharing successes, challenges, and ideas around how information and technology can be used to better protect forests and improve community rights.
The 5th TAI Global Gathering, taking place in Bogotá, Colombia, October 29th-31st, 2014 is fast approaching. This year’s event, Using Information, Data and Technology to Protect Forests and Strengthen the Rights of Forest-Dependent Communities,” will bring together over 90 civil society organizations, community members, and indigenous groups from around the world to explore new innovations for using technology to share information about forests, encourage government transparency and participation, and improve accountability of natural resources decisions.