Civil Society Collaboration for Environmental Governance
Ensuring appropriate policy mechanisms that can support both conservation and equity goals is an on going challenge in the face of rapid economic growth. The role of Civil Society Organsiations (CSOs) in analysing and influencing the policy-making process is very important in a democracy for an effective and efficient environmental governance that leads to equitable & sustainable management of natural resources. WWF India has facilitated setting up of a Civil Society Collaboration for Environmental Governance. The platform seeks more effective, efficient and (decentralized) empowering environmental governance. We have formed a CSO Steering Group with members from Samrakshan Trust, Kalpavriksh, Foundation for Ecological Security, Vasundhara, Dakshin Foundation, ATREE and WWF-India. This CSO platform will aim to consolidate its stand and collectively strategise to influence policy through:
- Action research to inform the platform and its approach and process;
- Information flow for wider communication and information dissemination to target key stakeholders/actors (includes key decision makers, the judiciary, lending agencies/ donors and the corporate sector; and
- Joint lobbying and advocacy.