Wetland Policy

Policy Intervention

Wetlands like Vembanad are sensitive ecosystems with high biodiversity values. They also support livelihoods of farmers and fishermen and lifestyle ventures such as backwater tourism. However, livelihood, lifestyle and development pursuits render them susceptible to degradation and pollution. No land or forest legislation in India legally defined wetlands, till the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2008, were drafted. No other special enactments for their conservation existed till the 2008 rules were drafted. Our policy interventions have been designed to analyse existing policies and regulatory frameworks and identify policy gaps  in order to conserve  the Vembanad Lake.  Through its policy interventions, CERC acts as catalytic agent in strengthening decentralized conservation governance through grass-root institutions. CERC’s policy interventions had focused on constitutional provisions for decentralized management of natural resources.   

In 2008 the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) had brought out wetlands (conservation & Management) rules. ATREE has given its inputs for the rules.

Wetland Bill 2016 Comments on Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016 Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) Notification (the Gazette of India dt. 31st March, 2016). For more details click here.

pdf Draft “Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2009” circulated by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for comments
pdf ATREE’s comments on “Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2009” submitted to MoEF
pdf 2008 draft of “Regulatory Framework for Wetlands Conservation” circulated by MoEF
pdf ATREE CERC’s comments on “Regulatory Framework for Wetlands Conservation – 2008” submitted to MoEF
ATREE’s CERC input towards Kerala Inland Fisheries bill 2010.
pdf Kerala Inland Fisheries Bill 2010 tabled on Kerala Legislative Assembly
pdf Suggestions of ‘Consultation workshop on Kerala Inland Fisheries Bill 2010” submitted to Minister of Fisheries, Kerala