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Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance (EMCaB) Project
The EMCaB Programme
   

The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India implemented "India: Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project" with the World Bank assistance. The specific objective of the project is to enhance environmental management capacity in selected areas of environmental management. An important area or component so identified for such capacity building or enhancement relates to Environmental Economics. The objective is to increase the capacity for the application of economic principles and tools to environmental management in India across the full range of issues such as priority-setting, cost-benefit analysis of alternative policies for pollution control, resource management, and biodiversity conservation. Achievement of this objective will be measurable in terms of the additional number of colleges and post-graduates trained in environmental economics; the number of officials, industrial managers, NGOs and others trained in environmental economics; the reach and quality of research in the field of environmental economics; and the integration of the research recommendations into environmental decision-making at the various levels of government.
The environmental economics programme consists of:
  • Establishing an Environmental Economics Indicators and Project Planning Cell (EEIPPC) in the Ministry of Environment and Forests
  • Establishment of project units in environmental economics in 4 core institutions
  • Support to developing an environmental economics curriculum and to preparing teaching materials, case studies, and textbooks combining India-specific case studies with examples of "best practice" from other countries for diploma and degree programs
  • A faculty-upgradation program, designed to train economics faculty members from across India in basic environmental economics, in order to better equip them to introduce the above curriculum in their respective colleges and universities. This will consist primarily of short courses offered in India, but will be supplemented by a few fellowships at prominent environmental economics faculty in other countries 
  • A Ph.D.Scholars workshop programme to provide an opportunity for the scholars to present their results and get feedback from experts in environmental economics and also to provide access to library, computer and faculty resources in well established centres in environmental economics
  • A program to invite environmental economics faculty from other countries to teach and conduct research on India-specific topics
  • Training programs for practising economists and non-economists on the applications of the principles of environmental economics, mainly to pollution control policy, environmental costs and benefits, environmental assessments, cost-effectiveness, and environment growth tradeoffs. Short term overseas training programme for IES candidates
  • Support to selected university, institute and college libraries to expand their collections in environmental economics in the form of support for important books, journals and data bases in environmental economics
  • Support to applied research, case studies, and analysis of best practices in the area of environmental economics. A tentative list of themes could include: Economic Analysis of Policies in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Pollution, Role of Institutions in Environmental Management, Valuation Methods, International Environmental Issues, Environmental Technologies, Clean Production Technologies. Short term (2-3 months) overseas research grants for researches to enable them visit well known centres in environmental economics for consultations with the experts and use the library facilities; and
  • Travel grants for presenting papers in international environmental economics conferences.The training component of the program envisages training of economics faculty (200 persons, 4 weeks duration), training of non-economists (800 persons, 5 days duration), Ph.D.Scholars (60 persons 3 days) and overseas fellowships (24 persons, 6-9 months)

The training component of the program envisages training of economics faculty (200 persons, 4 weeks duration), training of non-economists (800 persons, 5 days duration), Ph.D.Scholars (60 persons 3 days) and overseas fellowships (24 persons, 6-9 months).

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The Implementation Arrangements

The Sub Committees 

In order to formulate and implement detailed plans/guidelines on the various components of the Environmental Economics Programme, the ECEE has constituted the following Sub-Committees towards facilitating an effective implementation of the various components under this programme. The sub committees

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Group of Interested Institutions

  1. Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
  2. Gokhalae Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune
  3. Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru University (Centre for Economics and Planning & Centre for Regional Sciences)
  5. Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad
  6. Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
  7. National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi
  8. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  9. Jadavpur University, Calcutta
  10. North East Hill University, Mizoram
  11. Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow
  12. G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad
  13. Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
  14. Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
  15. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
  16. Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad
  17. Dept. of Economics, University of Berhampur, Berhampur, Orissa
  18. Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur

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Details of contact persons of the EMCaB programme 

Dr. Carter Brandon,
The World Bank, Environmental Economics Unit, 1818 H Street, NW Washington DC 20433, 
Phone -  202-458 2752 Fax - 202-477 0968, Email - Cbrandon@worldbank.org
Ms. N. Hadjitarkhani, Mr. L. P. Selvam, Environmental Officer, Dr. Smita Misra
The World Bank Group, 70, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003
Phone - 011-4617241  Fax - 011- 4619393  Email - smisra@worldbank.org
Shri R Chandramohan Joint Secretary, Shri. M S Bali Director (EMCB), Shri K  K Narang Director (PC Division) Ministry of Environment & Forests, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 110 003. Phones -  011-4360894, 011-4360659, 011-4362065 Fax -  011-4361613, 011-4360659, 011-4360009
Dr. U. Sankar Hony. Professor MSE,  Mr.A.Sethuramalingam Co-ordinator,
Madras School of Economics, Behind Govt. Data Centre, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chennai 600 025. Phones - 044-2354847 044-2352157 044-2300304 044-2300307 Fax -  044-2354847 044-2352155. Email - sankar_u75@hotmail.com, sethuwb@hotmail.com, msepu@md3.vsnl.net.in
Dr. Kanchan Chopra
Institute of Economic Growth, University Enclave, Delhi 110 007. Phones - 011-7257288, 011-7257365 Extn: 250  Fax - 011-7257410 Email - kc@ieg.ernet.in
Dr. (Mrs.) Jyoti Parikh,  Senior Professor
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Gen. Vaidya Marg, Goregoan East, Mumbai 400 065. Phones - 022-840 0919  Fax - 022-840 2752/840 2026  Email - jp@igidr.ac.in
Prof. Dipankar Coondoo, Economic Research Unit
Indian Statistical Institute, 203, Barrackpore Trunk Road, Calcutta 700 035. Phone - 033-577 8085 Fax - 033-577 6680 Email - robin@isical.ac.in

The schedule and details of work plans of various components of the programme will be announced through the press from time to time. A quarterly Newsletter, announcing the programmes in the following quarter will also be brought out and widely circulated by the Coordinating Agency.

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