Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting…

CAG report points to discrepancies in environmental clearances

A recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on ‘Environmental clearance and post clearance monitoring’ states that “the existing processes for grant of environmental clearance suffered from various procedural deficiencies. This performance audit report (report no 39 of 2016 for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) looked at whether…