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National Workshop on Biodiversity and Enviromental Governance : Safeguarding ecosystems for human well-being

The two-day workshop brought together over 70 participants from state and central government, donors, NGOs, researchers and local communities. Its aims were to take stock of the implementation of environment and biodiversity policies; identify key lessons and challenges; and promote dialogue and collective action. India has a number of policies and laws on environment and biodiversity, but there is a significant gap in their implementation. Participants raised serious concerns about the rapid industrialisation process and the impacts this is having on the poorest people in particular. India risks becoming a rich country full of poor people. Poverty increased from 26 to 28% between 1999 and 2004/05, and unemployment has risen sharply from 6 to 9% in the last decade. Environmental problems have also increased: pollution, water scarcity, declining forest cover, biodiversity loss etc. A new culture is emerging which places high emphasis on consumption. These problems need to be addressed first if we are to achieve sustained ...

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  • IIED code: G00118
  • Published: Dec 2006 - IIED
  • Area: India
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • Language: English

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