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Workshop on “Environment Regulation and Enforcement”

09-10 October 2014, IFAT India, Mumbai

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) co-hosted a workshop on environmental regulation and enforcement in India and Germany at the IFAT India trade fair at Bombay Exhibition Centre on October 10, 2014. Leading German and Indian experts from both the public and private sector shared their experiences in wastewater and municipal waste regulation with approximately 60 participants. Several moderated discussions gave the audience the opportunity to interact with speakers, ask questions, raise concerns, and comment on the content of presentations.

After opening remarks by GIZ-IGEP Programme Director Dr. Dieter Mutz, Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, Former German Water and Marine Director, gave an overview of sustainable water management in Germany. Dr. D. D. Basu, Former Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board, looked at the issue from the Indian point of view whereas Michael Kuhn of Kuhn GmbH and Shri Ashok Singh of Reliance Cement presented the private sector perspective.

In the following session on solid waste regulation, Dr. Helmut Schnurer explained important milestones of waste regulation in Germany, which he had helped to develop in his function as Deputy Director General of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Dr. D. B. Boralkar, Former Member Secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, pointed out specific Indian challenges and suggested possible steps forward to improve solid waste management and Shri P. Ishwar Reddy, Executive Director of Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association, addressed the issue of hazardous waste.

Dr. Uwe Fährmann, Former Director of the Environmental State Authority of Bavaria, stressed the importance of institutional strengthening for effective environmental regulation. As final speaker of the day, CSE Deputy Director General Chandra Bhushan made the point that there is definitely a need for reform and improvement of regulatory bodies but that India needs to find its own ways since it cannot just apply the same practices as other countries.

In a 30-minute promotion session on October 9, Dr. Dieter Mutz had provided an overview of the workshop’s programme and invited trade fair visitors as well as exhibitors to come the next day. Dr. Helmut Schnurer had provided a glimpse of what was going to be presented at the workshop.

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