[Urbanstudy] Register to participate in A Workshop for Practitioners on "State of Environment Decision-Making in India".

ESG India esgindia at gmail.com
Tue Apr 4 07:20:04 CDT 2017

Dear Friends, Comrades, Colleagues and Fellow Travelers:

Environment Support Group, Bangalore and Citizens Consumer and Civil Action Group, Chennai are happy to invite you to participate in a collaborative initiative: A Workshop for Practitioners on "State of Environment Decision-Making in India", 23rd - 26th April 2017, at Bangalore.

This workshop is designed to assist those already engaged in environmental and social justice work across India.  

We hope you would find it of interest to your work and will support this initiative with your participation.  Kindly circulate this invitation with those engaged in environmental and social justice work across India.

Please find attached details of the workshop, and how to register.

In solidarity.

Harsh Vardhan Bhati
Workshop Coordinator
Legal Research Associate
Environment Support Group
Cell: +91-9871379069
Email: harsh at esgindia.org 


State of Environmental Decision-Making in India
A workshop for practitioners
Organised by
Environment Support Group, Bangalore
Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group, Chennai
Bangalore, 23-26 April, 2017


This workshop is designed to assist practitioners deepen their understanding of environmental justice in the context of growing challenges of the 21st Century. The workshop will present a critical review of key environmental, social justice and forest protection laws and policies, and evolving environmental jurisprudence. Participants will be invited to reflect on the ways in which people interact with the natural and the built environment, with particular attention to the social processes that promote and maintain ecological inequalities, generate sustainable or unsustainable patterns of resource use, and privilege particular types of knowledge about our relationship with the environment. The resource persons will draw from their activism, research and academic experience to share some of their own challenges and strategies to understand and address environmental justice issues. Participants will learn to assess political and communication strategies, technological innovations and ethical values as tools for achieving sustainable environments.  The workshop is envisaged as a beginning of a shared learning journey, and as a means of strengthening existing solidarity networks or building new ones.

Objectives of the workshop are to provide participants an operational understanding of:
Environmental Impact Assessment of developmental, infrastructure and energy projects, its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
Forest rights, securing rights of adivasis and other forest dwelling communities, conservation of bio-resources and protection of associated traditional knowledge, and ways to tackle bio-piracy.
Prevailing problems in conservation of forests, wildlife habitats, biodiversity, ecologically sensitive areas, wetlands, rivers, commons, etc.
Democratic decision making relating to land use planning (urban and rural) and land acquisition processes.
Securing environmental and social justice through innovative engagement with governance systems and a variety of litigative opportunities.
How to plan from the ground to build an economically viable, socially just, environmentally sensitive and ecologically sound and healthy society for the benefit of present and future generations.

Workshop Fee
₹ 6,000 per participant payable in advance by Wire Transfer/DD/Cheque in favour of 'Environment Support Group', payable at Bangalore.
The fee includes cost of simple shared boarding, food, course fee, and field travel costs. We do not want the course fee to be a deterrent to your participation. So please talk to us if you need financial assistance.

All participants are required to cover their own travel costs. Again, talk to us if you need travel support.

Participants will be accommodated in a government run training hostel close to the ESG Workshop Space. Accommodation is comfortable, but not luxurious. Those in need of a hotel within walking distance of the workshop venue, will be assisted with choices.

Workshop Venue
ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Intermediate Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 (abutting ESG office)

Important Dates
Registration deadline

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017; 8 pm

Workshop dates

Sunday, April 23rd to Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Arrival and Departure

All Workshop participants must arrive by 7 am of 23rd April, and leave no sooner than 10 pm of 26th April.

Keeping in view the need for comprehensive participation in the workshop, we recommend a four night (five days) stay in Bangalore.  For those traveling long distances, we strongly recommend that you arrive by the night of 22nd April.

Registration will close at 8 pm on April 18th, 2017. Please click this link https://goo.gl/forms/nW2SAw1j14nLqmKM2) and complete the form.

Please submit the form online and, also, email a signed and scanned copy to: harsh at esgindia.org.

Harsh Vardhan Bhati is the workshop coordinator and can be reached for any issue relating to participation in the workshop. Cell: +91-98713 79060 Email: harsh at esgindia.org

For all logistical support, such as hotel bookings, travel, board and food arrangements, etc., please contact ESG's Logistics Manager Ms. Pushpalatha on +91-80-26713560~61 or +91-9880663608 or pushpa at esgindia.org.

Environment Support Group
[Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives]
1572, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage;
Bangalore 560070. INDIA
Tel: +91-80-26713560-61 Fax: +91-80-26713316
Email: esg at esgindia.org; Web: www.esgindia.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/esgindia/

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)
246/ 277B TTK Road (JJ Road);
Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018 INDIA
Website: www.cag.org.in ;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CAGChennai

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Leo F. Saldanha
Environment Support Group
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