Report of the Consultation on the Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2019 (zero draft) And Status of Forest Rights Act 2006, in Tamil Nadu

The consultation workshop hosted by Citizen consumer and civic Action Group, Chennai; NTFP India, Adukkam; and Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri; in collaboration with the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India, discussed the changes proposed in zero draft EIA 2019 and the far reaching impacts of the notification to forest areas. Status of individual and community forest rights under the FRA 2006 in Tamil Nadu, the need for creating a database of reasons for rejection of forest rights claims to improve the claim filing and approval rate, as well as the interconnectedness between FRA and EIA in impacting life of the forest communities were discussed.