Discussion Paper: Restructuring the Environmental Governance Architecture for India

30 Oct 2017

The Discussion Paper examines the current architecture of the main environment related legislations, namely the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986; Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980; The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972; The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; and The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, in the context of the Constitutional provisions and the evolution of approaches to better environmental management, including those emanating from international conventions. The Discussion Paper concludes that the current approach has been unnecessarily and inappropriately centralizing in character and that is the main reason why the legislations have failed in achieving their stated aims and objectives. The paper discusses desirable features of governance frameworks for the various legislations and makes certain suggestions for improving these frameworks.

Environmental governance
Environment protection act
Forest conservation act
The Wild Life Protection Act
The Water Prevention and Control of Pollution Act
The Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act
Researchers/Post graduates
Policy Makers