CSE Environment Intelligence Service


Environment Governance Database

Environment Governance Database –a single platform for all Central and State regulations that decide the state of environment and development


What It's About

Environment Governance Database tracks environment legislations to bring you the full text of historical and latest Union and state government Acts, Bills, Notifications, Rules, Ordinances, Policies–that leave a mark on the state of environment and development – in our country.

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The knowledge base

✿   All Union and state government rules, regulations and policies—on environment and development issues categorised under 20 topics, including water, pollution, energy, health, food safety, forests, wildlife and mining.

✿   Covers 35 states and union territories.

✿   Enables you to assess environmental governance in India and identify options for reform.

✿   Offers an insight into contemporary debates related to environmental governance

✿   Helps you examine ways in which India can address environmental challenges

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This section presents a list of regulations- acts, rules, policies on environment and climate change. It covers national and state-level policies on environment conservation and protection of ozone layer.


There is no dearth of legislations to control pollution in India but their enforcement has been far from satisfactory. There is need for the effective and efficient enforcement of the Constitutional mandate and other environmental legislations.


In India the national and state governments are jointly responsible for the sustainable management of the forest resource.


Indian agriculture has made tremendous strides since Independence. A country with recurring food shortages and dependence on food imports is now not only self-sufficient but a net exporter also.

Food Policy

Attaining food security is a matter of prime importance for India where more than a-third of its population is estimated to be absolutely poor, and as many as one half of its children have suffered from malnourishment over the last three decades.


There have been laws guiding and regulating mining activities since 19th century. But the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation Act, 1957, ('MMDR') and the Mines Act, 1952

Water Resources

The country accounts for 2.45 per cent of the total land area and 4 per cent of the water resources of the world. Nevertheless, water is a scarce national resource with demands on it increasing on account of a growing population of over one billion.

Natural Disasters

Despite being one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, the subject of disaster management could not find a place in the Constitution of India


Public health system employs law as a tool to achieve its goal. Thus these laws play in unique role in ensuring the populations’s health.


In the year 1914 the first legislation as "Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1914" was passed in our country to regulate the motor vehicles and as well as other road users.


A new urban framework is clearly emerging in India, where by 2050, the urban population will represent more than half of the entire population of the country.


In our country, waste management and sanitation are two major challenges faced by the urban India. Hence, there are important laws to help in regulating the waste in India


The most violated human rights are children rights. Around 185,000 children are working as domestic labour (2001 census).


India has a vast supply of renewable energy resources and it is one of the largest countries in the world for deploying renewable energy. This section presents a list of select regulations – acts, rules, policies – aimed towards energy conservation and promotion of renewable energy in India.


The Indian industry is regulated by several laws which govern various aspects – environment clearance, licensing and other necessary permits that are required

Living Resources

The Government of India has introduced various types of legislation in response to the growing destruction of wildlife. In fact, India has some of the most stringent legislations to protect wildlife and habitats

Economy & Poverty

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (or, NREGA No 42, later renamed as the "Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act", MGNREGA), is an Indian labour law and social security measure that aims to guarantee the 'right to work'.


India is the largest democracy in the world and citizens here are highly enthusiastic to be a part of Governance. In a democratic system, citizen participation is one of the key components of decision making process.

Science and Technology

In the last few years, the government has announced a number of policies in science and technology which include bills on patents and information & communication technology

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