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While developmental projects are beneficial for growth of an economy they do have negative impact on the environment. This impact varies significantly by project type, size and location. In order to identify, examine, assess and evaluate the probable impacts of a proposed project on the environment the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) in 2006, constituted different committees. The committees are called as Expert Appraisal Committees (EAC). An EAC committee on River Valley & Hydroelectric projects was also set up on these lines. In this backdrop South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDARP), an informal network of organisation and individuals working on water issues has come up with an analysis on how has this committee performed till now? This document presents an analysis of the same

While developmental projects are beneficial for growth of an economy they do have negative impact on the environment. This impact varies significantly by project type, size and location. In order to identify, examine, assess and evaluate the probable impacts of a proposed project on the environment the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) in 2006, constituted different committees. The committees are called as Expert Appraisal Committees (EAC). An EAC committee on River Valley & Hydroelectric projects was also set up on these lines. In the backdrop this South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDARP) an informal network of organisation and individuals working on water issues has come up with an analysis on how have this committee performed till now? This document presents an analysis of the same.

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The western ghats are being relentlessly and systematically dammed. Officials create confusing jargon, find legal loopholes and the environmental procedure is waved off.

These global biodiversity hotspots in the country, extraordinarily rich in plant and animal species, are being submerged in the name of development and growth. An overview of the dams built and proposed in this area.

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India continues to use doublespeak in dealing with its rivers and biodiversity, inspite of promulgating the Biological Diversity Act

Twenty years after ratifying the Convention on Biological Diversity, and ten years after promulgating the Biological Diversity Act, India continues to use doublespeak in dealing with its rivers and their biodiversity

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This article describes the details of a two day workshop on Impacts of Mini Hydel Projects (MHPs) on communities and ecology in Karnataka

On the 4th and 5th of August 2012, Civil Society Organisations Prakruti, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) and Save Western Ghats Movement organised a two day workshop on Impacts of Mini Hydel Projects (MHPs) on Communities and Ecology in Karnataka, with a main objective to give voice to the numerous unrecorded impacts and hardships of Karnataka’s mini hydel (Mini hydel projects are hydroelectricity projects with installed capacity less than 25 MW) spree on local communities and fragile ecosystems. 

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South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) news letter of March 2011 (Volume 9 Issue 2), focuses on the following topics.


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  • Maharashtra gifts farmers’ water to industries
    Between 2005 & 2010, a High Powered Committee was constituted by the Maharashtra Minister for Water Resources which recommended the diversion of 1500 MCM water from 38 dams across Maharashtra to cities and industries.

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This article presents the text of an open letter from SANDRP to MoEF

To
Shri Jairam Ramesh
Union Minister of State (IC) of Environment and Forests,
New Delhi

Respected sir,

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This presentation deals with performance of India’s water sector and the challenges therein.

Karcham WangtooThe sector is marked by large-scale water development projects like big dams.

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The SANDRP newsletter, February 2011

Dams, Rivers & People

Volume 9 Issue 1: The SANDRP Newsletter for the month of February 2011

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Central Information Commission (CIC) rejects Central Water Comission (CWC) stand on keeping the backwater level study secret, orders CWC to disclose the Almatti study in public interest

 


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The SANDRP newsletter for continues its critical analysis of dams, irrigation and related issues

South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and PeopleThe SANDRP newsletter for December 2010 - January 2011 continues its critical analysis of dams, irrigation and related issues:

  • Water Crisis in Ramsar Wetlands of India
  • India dodged UN to get climate credits?

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