About the Conference

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.””

The objective of this Conference is to mull over numerous critical issues regarding global environmental change and to come up with effectual solutions. Through this Conference we aim to tread a path with a vision towards betterment of global environment as a whole. Climate change, global warming and natural disasters are a wake-up call to humanity that they should stop polluting the earth and the need of the hour is to strive a symbiotic relationship with the environment through sensitive and researched environmental management, adaptation, mitigation and risk reduction.

The Organizing Committee extends a warm welcome to the Parliamentarians, Chief Justices, Judges, Environmentalists, Scientists, Lawyers, Academicians, executives in the field of environment, students and other international and national delegates from across the globe. The National Green Tribunal in association with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will be hosting World Conference on Environment at Mavlanker Auditorium, New Delhi on 3rd – 4th November, 2017. All these stakeholders have come in concert to render innovative dimensions to the environmental jurisprudence.

National Green Tribunal is India’s first dedicated environmental court with a wide jurisdiction to deal with not only violations of environmental laws, but also to provide for compensation, relief and restoration of the ecology in accordance with the statutory principles stated under Section 20 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 which are ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle ‘Precautionary Principle’ and Sustainable Development. The Tribunal's dedicated jurisdiction in the field of environment has provided expeditious justice. It has disposed of nearly 82% of the instituted cases within the year their institution. Thus, achieving the legislative intent expressed in the scheme of the National Green Tribunal Act. The Director of UNEP in the ‘World Conference on Environment-2017 at New Delhi had gone on record to say that the National Green Tribunal of India is the lead Tribunal on environment in the world.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is the nodal agency for implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources. The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation looks after the water resources of the country, including projects and plans for cleaning the country’s rivers.

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. The Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia Pacific region free from poverty. Its mission is to help developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. The IUCN, WCEL have concerned with environment and the laws related thereto at the global level. It is for the first time that Global Judicial Institute for the Environment is co-sponsoring such a major international event at New Delhi, in this part of the world.

While Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Development Authority are the local authorities responsible for preventing environmental degradation and ensuring enforcement of environmental laws.

Environment is the source of pleasure and treasure and at the same time it is the source of terror and agony. Earth is full of resources and that is not only for human being but also for use to all the animals and plants as well. Normal and usual use of resources is no problem but the excessive use of it, the nature does not sustain and ultimately imbalances the whole ecosystem. Subsequently excessive use of natural resources results in excessive waste or pollution, so much that the nature is not able to absorb, make it harmless or purify it. Thus, the conservation of Environment is the concern of everybody.

This Conference is designed to deal with the key issues shared by stakeholders’ from all over the world with major environmental challenges, namely, raising awareness, information, integration, management of environmental resources, gearing towards innovative approaches to environmental remediation and restoration. The world is facing an extraordinary situation, in relation to the finite extent of all its natural resources and to find solutions, frame policies objectively and transparently which will be acceptable to all stakeholders at large, in protecting further degradation of natural resources.

This Conference is a step towards pioneering approaches which will have repercussions globally on all environmental policy areas such as, Forest and Biodiversity, Municipal Solid Waste, Climate Change, Clean and Renewable Energy. Through the scheduled speakers, the Conference intends to create awareness amongst all the stakeholders in relation to the various current and emerging issues of environment. The conference aims to provide a platform, so as to examine, analyze and evaluate various environmental issues and formulate a road map to achieve Environmental Justice to all.

So, let us all join hands in this endeavour and evolve as a global society by contributing our bit in the movement to accomplish this goal. Let us be the change!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, all the co-sponsors of the conference, I extend a heartfelt welcome to all the national and international delegates.

(Justice Swatanter Kumar)

 

Conference Themes

Forest & Bio-diversity:

  • Forest conservation and climate change.
  • Forest Fire: causes, Prevention and control Strategis.
  • Biodiversity conservation,access and benifit sharing & IPR.
  • Forest Conservation,Law & policy and Judicial Intervention.

Clean & Renewable Energy:

  • Global Energy Secnarion; A review of issues, Challenges & approach.
  • Overview of current status of Co2 capture and storage technologies.
  • Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development.
  • Solar Energy- Issues of technology & Efficiency.

Climate Change :

  • Climate change and Public health-Impacts,Mitigation of risks and Preparedness for Crisis Management.
  • Role of Judiciary in climate change.
  • Climate change and innovative/Proposed Interventions (With Special Focus of Global Pact for the Environment).
  • Climate Change and Poverty alleviation,Employment Generation and Infrastructure Development.

Municipal solid waste:

  • MSW management in developing and Urban waste Management.
  • Energy recovery from municipal solid waste:Challenges in developing countries.
  • The role of local authorities and their interaction with stakeholders in watse managemnet.
  • A Future without waste: Reducing waste generation.