Date: Sep 04, 2020
Environmental regulation in India: EIA and beyond This webinar will take place from 4:00 p.m. IST. Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the discussion.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020. The government intends to replace the existing law — the EIA notification 2006, already a weakened regulatory framework — owing to 43 amendments and at least 50 office memorandums. The draft notification has raised a public uproar on the ground; it seeks to dilute the scope of public participation — legalise post-facto environment clearance, make exemptions for several categories of projects to conduct an EIA study and weaken the provisions of reporting by companies. However, the larger question remains if the regulations for environmental protection has ever been adequate. In the recent past, the Baghjan blowout and the Vizag gas leak have been a grim reminder of the state of environmental regulation in India. This talk will delve into this critical question while laying the contours of a new EIA law that is based on sound science, considering the societal need for safeguarding the environment through sustainable business practices.


Chandra Bhushan, President and CEO, International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST); former Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment Shilpa Chohan, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Partner, Indian Environment Law Organisation (IELO)
Urmila Jha-Thakur, Director — MSc Environmental Assessment and Management; Lecturer - Department of Geography and Planning; PGT Director — School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool


Sayanangshu Modak, Research Assistant, Observer Research Foundation