Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change Current Affairs - 2019

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India’s forest-Certification Scheme gets Global Recognition

The council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has decided to recognised forest-certification scheme developed specifically for Indian forests by Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), an Indian non-profit.

The Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management developed by NCCF is the first forest-certification scheme from India to get global recognition.

Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management

Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management was developed through a multi-stakeholder Standard Development Group (SDG) which involved professional foresters,  forestry research and academic institutions of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (ICFRE and IIFM), business groups, forest-based industries, NGOs (social and environment related), workers and trade unions, and many more.

The Standards evolved were India specific and was based on key elements of existing models in India such as the Bhopal India Process of the IIFM, the National Working Plan Code and the provisions contained in the National Forest Policy for the promotion of afforestation, sustainable utilization of forest products and growth of the forest-based industries.

NCCF is a non-profit organisation came into existence in January 2015 as a Society to have a globally aligned certification program developed within India and address the concerns for sustainable management of forests and the plantations, while at the same time making the Indian wood and forest fibre based industry competent globally.

Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification

Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is the world’s largest forest certification system which seeks to transform the way forests are managed globally and locally to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.

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India Bans Import of Solid Plastic Waste

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has amended the Hazardous and other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 to completely ban the import of solid plastic waste.

Ban on Imports

  • The amendment notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change fixes a loophole which previously allowed the import of plastic waste into India for processing.
  • The ban on the import of plastics is in lines with the principles of sustainable development.
  • To ensure the ban doesn’t adversely impact the ease of doing business the amendment allows the reverse import of defective electrical and electronic assemblies and components manufactured in and exported from India, within a year of export. The reverse import can be undertaken without any prior permission from the Environment Ministry.
  • The Hazardous and other waste management rules also provide an exemption to the exporters of Silk waste from requiring permission from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

India is exploring various options to discourage the use of single-use plastics and also is emphasising the recycling of the plastic waste to reduce the burden on the environment thereby providing economic benefits.

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