Policies for the Environment

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI:
Policies for the Environment

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This chapter looks at the evolution of India’s environmental policy and legislation. Since the 1970s, India has adopted a variety of laws and policies that address conservation and environmental protection. These laws and policies have addressed key issues in a comprehensive manner. There has also been a trend towards decentralized management of natural resources in India, which is best reflected by the country’s joint forest management programme. Although the implementation of decentralization programmes has been patchy, India’s policy framework on environmental protection provides enough scope for promoting diverse and local-based approaches to global environmental issues, provided they are strongly linked with ‘local development policies and programmes’.

Keywords: India; environmental policy; legislation; conservation; environmental protection; decentralization; natural resources; forest management

Chapter.  2505 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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