India

In India, the Access Initiative Indicators were first used by the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), in 2001 in New Dehli as a pilot study in the field of pollution control. A review of the Pilot Assessment was undertaken in 2003 and an outreach strategy was launched in 2004 by the Idma Foundation for Sustainable Development (IFSD) from Chandigarh, India. The findings, titled “Capturing Progress in Implementing Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Indian Environmental Sturcutre in Pollution Control” were realeased in 2004. The event was also used to provide introductory input to NGOs from Sri Lanka and Nepal.

As a follow-up to the findings, Idma launched another publication, titled “A Guide to Indian Laws on Pollution Control and Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters”. Looking into the geographical and cultrual diversity of India, the Chandigarh luanch was also used as an opportunity to discuss the indicator approach among larger Indian NGO groups and a losse coalition, “TAI-India” was formed in order to look into perspectives of carrying out more assessments in India.

The TAI-India later organized a follow up meeting in Bangalore, hosted by the Environment Support Group (ESG). The Bangalore Report provides the background and plans for future actions. ESG hosted the TAI India Secretariat until 2008. From 2008 onwards, the TAI India secretariat is hosted by LIFE and Environics Trust.

Under the new Secretariat, a TAI assessment (using the TAI Assessment Toolkit) was completed for the State of Himachal Pradesh. The report is now undergoing global review. In the meantime, TAI India has started a nation-wide TAI assessment which should conclude in 2010.

Additionally, the TAI India coalition has a very active group list on which many access and environmental issues are regularly discussed. One result of this group activity is TAI India’s current effort to evaluate and make recommendations to the Indian Lok Sabha (Legislature) on revisions to the Green Tribunal Bill that is pending before it. The Green Tribunal Bill will establish Green Courts and regulate how environmental disputes can be brought and resolved before them .

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