India

The Ministry of Environment and Forests of India (MEF), in conjunction with Tata Energy Research Institute, prepared the first draft of the India Country Programme detailing the phase out schedule of ozone depleting substances (ODS) under the Montreal Protocol. The novel feature of this report is that for the first time the net incremental costs of ODS phase out has been worked out. The program reflects India's commitment to achieve compliance with the obligations of the Protocol.

Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) of New Delhi organized a three day Post-UNCED Seminar on Environment and Development Policy Issues in Asia in October 1992. The seminar was attended by policy and decision makers, researchers, scientists and NGO representatives from Asia and experts from developed countries. The deliberations revolved around three major subjects: implications of the Rio agreements, formulation of national and regional strategies in pursuance of Rio agreements including Agenda 21, and the scope of capacity building for sustainable development.

The Centre for Research, Planning & Action has organized two Technical Workshops on Environmental Management. The purpose of the first, held on 17 and 18 March 1993 in New Delhi was to have an interface between industry, government, consultants and others knowledgeable about issues in environment management with a view to facilitate action in these areas of national and international concern. The second, held in New Delhi from 22 to 24 November 1993, was divided into four components: environmental resources, environment and technology, environment and people, state policy and international cooperation.

A national seminar on indigenous technologies for sustainable agriculture was organized from 23 to 25 March 1994 in New Delhi. Behind it was the belief that an understanding of traditional technologies and their relevance to sustainable development will help in integrating indigenous knowledge systems with formal research systems to develop appropriate technologies. Between 200-250 participants from science, agriculture, and development, plus governments, NGOs and students were expected at this seminar organized by the National Council of Development Communication, in collaboration with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

The Centre for Humanism and Sustainable Development (CHSD) is a confederation of academics and administrators, political dissenters and social activists as well as concerned individuals dedicated to awareness raising of the impact of current lifestyles on the environment and the hazards of environmental degradation. Among its objectives will be to train and encourage people to make changes and to popularize scientifically valid traditional knowledge systems, which avoid the highly consumptive practices so often promoted today.