Paryavaran Mitra organizes or invites for training to various stakeholders for education and awareness of towards environmental issues.Round the year, Paryavaran Mitra is invited by Graduates and Post Graduates departments of Journalism, Social studies, Law and Science stream from universities across Gujarat.Paryavaran Mitra also invited by or co-organize workshops and trainings for local community based organizations and NGOs.
With this situation, environmental issues arose and need to be handled by various stakeholders who are not always well prepared to face them. That is the reason why we need to give training at different levels:
Giving people a legal space to express their concerns about industrial projects that could affect their livelihood or their health is a right that has taken an even greater importance as Gujarat is developing. Indeed, the state of Gujarat (India) has developed its industries and infrastructures to become one of the most prosperous states in the country. But this economic and industrial growth also led the state to become one of the most polluted. The most stricken portion of the population is often the poorest. Indigenous people, fishermen and farmers see their livelihood dangerously affected by mindless industrialization. The Environment Public Hearing was introduced in 1997, making it compulsory for industrial projects to obtain Environmental Clearance, public hearing being one of the stages to obtain it. After 2006, a new EIA Notification was issued. It made it not possible for voluntary organizations to participate to EPH as plausible stakeholders. Only people directly concerned by the projects were allowed to participate in the hearings. Therefore, it becomes important that organizations find other means to support and prepare people so that the hearings remain beneficial to them.
But voluntary workers lack experience in the matter. We need to provide them with a training that will enable them to understand the functioning of the public hearings and review EIA reports to then be able to send their comments. It is very important give them technical guidance. And explain how they can participate in EPH
Student in Social Work are the future of voluntary organization. Soon they will be the ones working on environmental issues. Therefore, it is important that we give proper training to their teachers so they can transmit their knowledge to the students.
The Government of Gujarat constituted the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) on October 15, 1974 with a view to protect the environment, prevent and control the pollution of water in the State of Gujarat, that occupies a prominent niche in progressive and industrial development of the country. The Board has been over the years entrusted with the Central Acts and relevant Rules for pollution control as notified thereof from time to time.
GPCB being the chief regulator for implementation of environmental protection and pollution control in the State, plays an important role in securing sustainable development by enforcing various laws, rules, regulations notifications etc. pertaining to prevention and control of pollution. It is also responsible for monitoring of pollution and for preventive and curative action. (mitigatory measures).
As issues GCPB workers face are numerous and important, we need to upgrade and enhance their skills.
Para Legals training
With the industrialization of the world, climate change issues arose. Those who suffer the most from this situation are poor and marginalized people, that are to say villagers, farmers, fishermen, women and tribe’s people. In addition their land is being taken away from them without their consent to develop industries in Gujarat. For instance, The Dholera Special Investment Region was announced by the state government in 2009. Spread over 920 square kilometer area, the project aimed to create a global manufacturing and trading hub in the state. Despite protest by the farmers, the state government carried out surveys and land acquisition in the area. Farmers claimed the land being offered was not even cultivable and the plot given in exchange was half the size of their previous ones.
Therefore, there is a need for rural outreach by giving training to para legals settled in districts concerned by intense pollution, etc. It will enable to empower the people and give them a legal support.