TERRE Policy Centre has released latest report on the Kaas Plateau giving recommendations on keeping high momentum of progress, particularly on the local participation, ‘The report prepared in consultation with Kaas Forest Committee, Community Dialogue and UNESCO is rare example of sustainable management of World Natural Heritage site and improving the lives of the communities around the Natural Heritage.' said Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE.
Authored by Master Véronique Lours and Céline Speranza
"On the occasion of World Cultural Festival organised by Art of Living, being held in New Delhi, India from 11-13 March 2016, TERRE is pleased to publish a Policy Paper linking Feng Shui to the Sustainable Development. The paper authored by Master Véronique LOURS and Céline SPERANZA of French Chue Foundation is TERRE’s efforts to spread the message of humanity, spirituality and human values though the diversity in cultures from across the world while simultaneously highlighting our unity as a human family."
Human Development Index should have Solid Waste Management as one of the critical criteria' says TERRE Policy centre and Sampurn(e)arth in the Policy Paper released today on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
Past actions during last
20 years under the
Montreal Protocol had
dramatically protected climate
by leading to reduced
atmospheric amounts of
compounds which are also
greenhouse gases that warm
“To use social media tools to empower and engage the global
ozone community to enable developing countries to meet and
sustain the compliance objectives of the Montreal Protocol.” UNEP
OzonAction social media vision statement
by Stephen O. Andersen, Durwood Zaelke, Danielle Fest Grabiel
The authors of this strategy, are grateful for the peer review
comments by Elvis Hoffpauir (President of MACS
Worldwide); to Carloandrea Malvicino (Manager, Fuel
Economy & Vehicle Systems Efficiency, Centro Ricerche
Fiat); and their colleagues. Reviewers who wish to remain
anonymous also provided additional peer review comments.
However, the views expressed in this strategy paper are
those of the authors, and not necessarily the views of the
peer reviewers and the organizations where they are
UNEP OzonAction Communication
Strategy for the Global Compliance with
the Montreal Protocol was approved in
2002. It emphasises for concerted
efforts to engage the media at all levels
in enhancing awareness about ozone
depletion and the Montreal Protocol,
especially during this compliance phase.
However, peace law comprises international environmental norms, which are the only set of rules able to protect the environment directly or indirectly. This article seeks to demonstrate, along with some authors , that International Environmental Law’s application does not stop during an armed conflicts. On the contrary, the subject matter of these norms, i.e. the protection of the environment, implies that their application is not limited by the occurrence of hostilities. In addition, the present paper aims to demonstrate the importance of introducing elements of legal certainty, control and sanction of harmful behavior to the environment of a belligerent State, through the application of international environmental law. Furthermore, the inadequate protection by the law of war, both in the substantive protection of the environment and the liability regime, only increases this need..
by Charlotte Collin, Researcher: Environmental Law
In our last TERRE policy paper entitled “Environment is Victim in Armed conflicts”
argued that a body of rules, designed to protect the environment, and whose applicability
extends to armed conflicts, already exists. Responsibility under these rules can be mitigated
either by a justification derived from the law of States’ responsibility or by causes of
termination or suspension of environmental treaties. These elements introduce flexibility for
State actions during armed conflicts but should not allow abuses and escape routes. In order
to avoid misuses of theses rules, relevant government representatives at national level and
judicial officials engaged in the UN’s offices at international level need to initiate appropriate
There has been a perceptible transformation in regard to global environmental discourse and in how developing countries have been responding to the discourse. Apparently, the dynamics of both are correlated. The reciprocal interaction between the two signifies a remarkable transformation of issues related to environmental conservation into global agenda of sustainable development.
After 3 decades of organized efforts, the widespread use of improved, smokeless
and energy-efficient cooking stoves still remains a distant dream. One of the oldest
and technologically most simple cooking methods ever developed by civilization
continues with its perennially archaic status quo for billions of its users, mostly
poor. Consequently, health and social impacts from cook stoves continue to
adversely affect the underprivileged. Women and children are the most suffered
section of the society due to their time lost in collecting the fuel as well as due to
local and indoor pollution.
India’s 2011 Companies Bill has just been passed. It heralds a new era in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), not just in India but internationally. Under the new law companies above INR 500 Crore in revenues (around USD90 m)are required to earmark 2% of their net profits to CSR activities and to report those activities in their annual report.In introducing the legislation the Minister for Corporate Affairs stated this was ‘the first time, and historically it may be the first time in the world, that a country considered mandating expenditures for the public good, rather than simply taxing companies or leaving them to their own devices.’
8 June is designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, they power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. TERRE Policy Centre is taking the opportunity of 2013 World Oceans Day that is passed by to bring to attention the key issues related to Seabed exploration which is resulting into exploitation that may prove to be threat to our food security. Marie Bertrand, a law -researcher at Sorbonne University in Paris makes very concrete policy recommendations.
You are cordially invited for the first ever Environmental Film Festival is being organized in the UK in London on 12th and 13th September 2014. It is a free event aimed to improve awareness on issues connected to environment and climate change.
The two-day event is jointly hosted by London-based Sanskruti Centre and multi-location TERRE Policy Centre who is partner with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Climate and Clean Air Coalition and United Nations Safe Planet Campaign. The Venue is Digital Theatre, MML 306 Dollis Hill Lane, and NW2 6HH.
Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary will render the inaugural address on 12th September for State and junior Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Eminent speakers Sally Case, Chief Executive of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Rajendra Shende, former Director of United Nations
Environmental Program (UNEP) will also be speaking on the occasion. A short film on climate change will be shown thereafter.
On 13th, more films ranging about 5-14 minutes each in duration and connected to the Environment and impact of Climate Change on communities, biodiversity and culture will be screened. Films include Melting of Himalayas, Leopards in the Lurch, the Silenced Witness, The Last Dance etc. by acclaimed directors like Kalpana Subrahmanian, Ashima Narain, Gurmeet Sapal and Sonya Kapoor.
Guests (on both days) must be present by 5.30 pm. Drinks/light snacks are available.