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Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of Government of India for the planning, promotion, co- ordination and overseeing the implementation policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution.  While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being and also the following Policies:

The broad objectives of the Ministry are:

  • Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife
  • Prevention and control of pollution
  • Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas
  • Protection of the environment and
  • Ensuring the welfare of animals

These objectives are well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures framed by the Ministry, aiming at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. List of the established Acts, Rules and Regulations can be seen in its website under the heading ‘Rules and Regulations’.

Standard development activity:

Environmental standards of emission & discharge for different industrial activities, ambient air quality and noise standards as developed through the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), technical support institution of the Ministry, are notified by MoEFCC in the respective rules & regulations framed under the Environmental protection Act, 1986 for mandatory compliance.

International activity:

MoEFCC serves as the nodal agency in the country for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and for the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry is also entrusted with issues relating to multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of regional bodies like Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment.

MoEFCC has constituted the National Clean Development Mechanism Authority (NCMDA) for the purpose of protecting and improving the quality of environment in terms of the Kyoto Protocol.  NCDMA is a single window clearance for CDM projects in the country. The project proponents are required to apply to the administrator of National CDM Authority through the website by filling the User Registration form. Click here to see the procedure for Submitting CDM Project Reports to the National CDM Authority (NCDMA).

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