Policy | VOL. 12, ISSUE 70, January-February 2012

Antarctic Treaty System

The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) is a complex legal instrument that enlists measures in effect and its associated international instruments. Freedom of scientific research is enshrined in the Treaty and hence the ATS promotes free exchange of scientific information and mandates that observations from Antarctic must be made freely available.

Policy | VOL. 12, ISSUE 70, January-February 2012

Arctic Conventions

Climate change, the most significant stress on the Arctic is likely to impact the entire world as climate systems are all intricately linked. The essay attempts to understand the legal mechanisms that are functioning in the region dealing with the many uncertainties in the wake of a warming trend.

Policy | VOL. 12, ISSUE 70, January-February 2012

Polar Geopolitics: Security, Sovereignty and Stewardship

An unbiased institutional body working as an overseer and comprising of a legislative organ to construct and modulate strong political frameworks and agendas that demand sustainable approach in the exploration and exploitation of the rare and precious resources of the Polar Region is the need of the hour.

Policy | VOL. 11, ISSUE 68, September-October 2011

Power Reforms in India

The Ministry of Power, Government of India, launched the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) in July 2008. Geographic information system (GIS) is an integral part of its implementation, intrinsically indicating that geospatial technologies are slated to soon become a way of life.

Policy | Vol. 11, Issue 67, July - August 2011

Coastal Regulation Zone 2011

India promulgated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification on 15 February 1991, which was subsequently amended several times. The latest change was made on 6 January 2011. Presented here are the highlights of the 2011 Regulation.

English Free Article # Policy | VOL. 11, ISSUE 65, March-April 2011

Food security and decentralisation in a changing climate an African case study

Environmental change is affecting food security, particularly for small farmers living on the margins. It is estimated that worldwide around 850 million people are chronically hungry and six million children presently die of hunger every year. Of the 800 million undernourished individuals worldwide, over 60 per cent are in Asia and 28 per cent in the African continent.

English Free Article # Policy | VOL. 11, ISSUE 65, March-April 2011

Norms, Obligations and Climate Negotiations

The developed and developing countries have differed on protocol and regulatory mechanisms of climate negotiations essentially because of varying geophysical specificities and countries’ strategies of economic development. The creation of an apex institution in sync with global consensus which can work out precise and transparent indices to assess the scale and effectiveness of adaptation/mitigation efforts for a more meaningful dialogue is suggested.

Policy | VOL. 10, ISSUE 63, November-December 2010

Governing Antarctic: 1959 Antarctic Treaty: The legacy and the challenges

Created in the midst of the Cold War five decades ago, the Antarctic Treaty provided a mechanism for governing the region. In the following years, new issues such as fishing and tourism along with an expanded membership have transformed the politics of Antarctic and continue to provoke serious challenges to its governance.

Policy | VOL.10, ISSUE 59, March-April 2010

A New Framework for Sustainable Mining

As the demand for minerals grows, the huge revenues generated from it are too often fuelling conflicts and human rights violations, increasing poverty and undermining sustainable development. The new legislation the government is introducing must ensure transparency in allocation of mining concessions, and participation of, in consultation with, communities affected by mining projects.