No wildlife clearance is required for initiatives which don’t require environmental clearance. The environment ministry of India has clarified in its letter to states as well as union territories.
The ministry stated that prior wildlife clearance shall be required by projects situated inside 10 km of national park/wildlife sanctuary. The place where eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) has not been notified and which need environmental clearance.
In its letters to the principal secretaries of states as well as Union Territories, who raised queries over applicability of consideration by National Board of Wildlife (NBWL). The ministry clarified that prior wildlife nod be is not going to be obligatory for initiatives inside eco-sensitive zones outside protected areas which don’t require environmental clearance. Additionally it mentioned that NBWL’s standing committee approval shall require for initiatives. Which are set up in areas linking one protected space to other one like tiger reserves.
“The ministry has received letters from states as well as Union Territories looking for clarification relating to applicability of consideration by standing committee of the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL) for developmental initiatives/actions which don’t require environmental clearance. And are situated outside the national parks as well as wildlife sanctuaries.,” the environment ministry mentioned in its letter dated July 16.
It mentioned, “After cautious consideration of the matter, it’s clarified that prior clearance from the standing committee of the NBWL shall be required outside protected areas in circumstances where proposed venture is situated inside the notified eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) and listed in EIA notification 2006 and requires prior environmental clearance.”
The Clarification by the Ministry
Proposals involving venture situated inside 10 km of national park/wildlife sanctuary where ESZ hasn’t been lastly notified. And activities/initiatives falling outside protected areas linking one protected space or tiger reserve to another, would require prior clearance from NBWL standing committee, the ministry mentioned.
“State governments are requested to not insist upon wildlife clearance for developmental initiatives outdoors protected areas that aren’t lined within the para above,” it mentioned.
The ministry, in one other letter dated July 24, to the Principal Secretary (Forests) Of all states and Union Territories told that Handbook of Forests (Conservation) Act 1980 stands modified.
The brand new paragraph inserted within the handbook. Reads, “Prior recommendation of Standing Committee of NBWL under the provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 shall be obtained, if required, for taking developmental activities in/over an area falling inside eco-sensitive zones.”
It previously read, “Prior recommendation of the standing committee of NBWL under the provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, is also required for taking developmental activities in/over an area falling inside eco-sensitive zones.”
Talking to PTI, Sanjay Kumar, DG, Forests, environment ministry, mentioned solely initiatives which don’t require environmental clearance as per affect evaluation notification don’t require NBWL clearance.
Above all, ADG Wildlife Soumitra Dasgupta reiterated the same, who mentioned this has already existed. And there was ‘nothing new’ in it.
“There’s nothing new to it. Initiatives in ESZ which don’t require EC, don’t require NBWL. It has solely clarified,” Dasgupta mentioned.
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