This paper gives a broad overview of the laws and policies of land acquisition in India, concentrating on the practices of 5 states of India (Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka), and looking more particularly at the practices of land banking, and land acquisitions for tourism related projects.

This critique highlights the international political agenda motivating the agenda of Green India Mission as well as how it impacts communities, forest governance and therefore access to forest rights.

The (Draft) Guidelines for Ecotourism in and around Protected Areas were issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on June 2, 2011 and comments invited by June 30, 2011.

On 6th January 2011, MoEF still took the route of coming with another Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 under Section 3(1) and Section (2)(v) of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 and Rule 5(3)(d) of the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, superseding the CRZ Notification issued on 19th February 1991.

Commissioned by the Western Ghats Expert Ecology Panel (WGEEP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India , this paper attempts a rapid assessment of the impact of tourism growth in the Western Ghats. The paper is based on substantive secondary research , by EQUATIONS as well as other academicians and organisations.

This note is in response to a request from Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board (MPEDB), on envisaging the role of communities in ecotourism. Using six case studies, the possible role of communities across the spectrum of different levels of community involvement are highlighted along with their positive and negative impacts.

The Kerala Tourism (Conservation and Preservation of Areas) Amendment Ordinance, 2010 (Kerala Ordinance 2010) was promulgated by the Governor on 12th June 2010. It provided for amending the Kerala Tourism (Conservation and Preservation of Areas) Act, 2005.

In the continuing saga on amendments to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) made public the draft Islands Protection Zone (IPZ) Notification, applicable to the Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

This is Equations letter to Shri. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forest (MoEF), on comments on
the Pre Draft CRZ Notification 2010 in the context of tourism. Equations continue to demand for a comprehensive legislation
and not a notification to regulate coastal activities, to protect coasts and the livelihoods of the coastal communities
dependent on it.

This recent briefing paper details comments by "EQUATIONS" on the pre draft CRZ Notification 2010. Calls for MoEF to abandon the 'notification route' that has permitted the dilution of the CRZ Notification 1991 through amendments and bring in a CRZ bill.