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Nov 25, 2014
Recommendations of the High Level Committee to review environmental laws in India
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Soon after the election of the new Government, a “High Level Committee” was constituted to review a list of Acts administered by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), namely: - Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 - Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 - Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 - Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 - Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981

Nov 24, 2014
Mapping Indigenous Natural Resources: There’s an App for That
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Highway construction between Dolosie and Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville (Photo by Bobullx 2010 / flickr)

Article by Grace Heusner, Yale Law School ‘16

The Mbenjele Look for Answers

In the mid-2000s, the Mbendjele Yaka pygmies of northern Brazzaville-Congo faced a problem. Environmental conservation groups were accusing them of widespread poaching of elephants, gorillas, and other bushmeat. While the Mbendjele did engage in subsistence hunting, they suspected that larger organizations were responsible for the majority of poaching. Yet they had no way to prove it. The Mbendjele were largely illiterate and had only limited ways of communicating with the outside world.

Nov 20, 2014
New Tool Reveals How Jamaica’s Development Projects Impact People and Planet
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Green areas represent protected forests, brown areas are legally protected areas, and blue areas are fisheries. Development Alert! currently identifies 32 proposed or approved development projects that are likely to have significant health, environmental, social, or cultural impacts.

By Carole Excell and Stephanie Ratte

Portland Bight (PBPA) is Jamaica’s largest protected area, extending more than 200 square miles of land and 524 miles of sea. The region is home to 30,000 acres of mangroves, four dry limestone forests, and several threatened species, including the critically endangered Jamaica Iguana.

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