Six years of the Biological Diversity Act in India:
The Status Report: Why and how we examin
e implementation

Compiled by Kanchi Kohli, Mashqura Fardeedi (Kalpavriksh) and
Shalini Bhutani (Grain), 2009

Kalpavriksh and GRAIN; Contributory amount: Rs 75/-

The report takes stock of the nature and extent of implementation of the
Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and the associated Rules. The analysis
is presented against the backdrop of the existing political economy
which exerts a powerful influence on conservation legislation such as
this Act. It accesses the extent to which principles of conservation
find expression in implementation of this law.

The report draws on for many voices from the ground, recorded during the series of regional workshops organized as part of an ongoing campaign for Conservation and Community Control over Biodiversity. The authors especially focus on the directions that implementation has taken regarding decentralized decisionmaking on biological resources, conservation of these resources and related knowledge, and the empowerment of communities.

For more information contact:

134, Tower 10, Supreme Enclave, Mayur Vihar 1,
Delhi 110091; Ph: 011- 22753714
Email:; Website:

Materials from National Green Corps (NGC) Programme,

Green Legacy
A film on NGC programme in Maharashtra

This 17 minute film produced by Social Forestry Directorate and directed by Bharat Rawal describes the implmentation in Maharashtra of the National Green Corps programme of the
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India. The Social Forestry Directorate is the nodal agency and Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research is the resource
agency for NGC.

The film begins wi
th an overview of some global issues. It then goes on to provide a short description of the National Green Corps Scheme as a platform for school students to be involved in local action. Most of the film then depicts several activities being undertaken by NGC club members in Maharashtra: safe,
green festivals, plantation, clean-up campaigns etc. NGC Parks have been created in a few locations where students can explore nature and play eco-games, put up bird boxes, etc. NGC parks are being set in each district. The parks have mini weather observatory, butterfly garden, medicinal plant garden, nakshatra van, shraddha van (which is a modern day version of the concept of sacred grove) etc.

Harit Chalwal ... Ek Disha

This publication describes a variety of old and new festivals and ‘environment days’, with examples of projects and activities that schools can take up. Attractively written, illustrated and designed, this publication conceived of by Mr Prakash Thosre, Social Foresty Directorate, Govt
of Maharashtra is a useful resource for schools and nonformal educators as well.

For more information contact:
Mr Prakash Thosre
Nodal Officer, NGC Maharashtra
and Director, Social Forestry
Govt of Maharashtra
Central Building, Pune 411001.
Email: and (attn. Mrs Kukdolkar)

Our Toxic World
A Guide to Hazardous Substances in our Everyday Lives

Price: Rs 395; Pages: 180; ISBN 9788132103066

The Sachdeva family is like many others. A father with a government job; his wife a homemaker; a son starting a career; and a daughter in high school. And like most other families in a big city, the Sachdevas are surrounded in their everyday lives by a cocktail of toxic substances they are hardly aware of. Following these four—and some others who come in and out of their circle of existence—‘Our Toxic World’ takes a close look at these hidden perils, and at what we can do to make our own lives, and the world around us, a little cleaner, a little safer.

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