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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.
"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."
Municipal Solid Waste Management
Challenges in Transforming Waste into Potential Resource for
the Sustainable Society
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 ozone-depleting substances, compounds which are also greenhouse gases that warm climate.
Mobile Air Conditioning and Room Air Conditioning Strategy to Reduce Climate Forcing from Hydrofluorocarbonsby 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 employed.
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..
In our last TERRE policy paper entitled “Environment is Victim in Armed conflicts” 1 we 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 capacity-building efforts.
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.
Abstract : 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.