Training Programmes conducted under CoE
   Following Training programmes were conducted under the Center of Excellence: 
  • Training Programme on ENVIRONMENTAL FISCAL REFORMS International Experience and Relevance for India For State Government Officers of the North Eastern States
    6th, 7th and 8th November 2013
    Organized by
    The Department of Commerce
    Tripura University (A Central University)

    In collaboration with
    Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics
    Madras School of Economics

    Pollution in India is high relative to prescribed standards. It has serious implications for sustainability of growth due to depletion of natural resources, implications of climate change, and health hazards. Of the two approaches to pollution control, namely regulatory approach and use of market based instruments, the latter has certain advantages. The two approaches are not mutually exclusive and can be used to complement each other. The main economic instruments are eco-taxes and eco-subsidies. Internationally, there has been a noticeable move towards environmental tax reforms of the existing tax structures thereby giving rise to green shift in taxation. A notable feature of environmental tax reform (ETR) in the UK is the fuel duty escalator under which the fuel duty would be increased by 3 to 6% above the inflation rate every 3 years. Revenue from this tax was used to reduce the income tax rate. Other taxes are the energy and transport taxes of Germany, Danish carbon taxes, etc. International experience shows that eco taxes have mostly been successful both environmentally and economically. Studies have shown that eco taxes have brought about a reduction in GHG emissions. At its peak, revenue from ETR has been 10-12% of tax revenue. This revenue has partly been used to reduce direct tax rates. India could learn from international experience and adapt from their experiences appropriate practices in a way that suit Indian conditions. Since India is at the threshold of entering into the goods and services tax regime – the last mile of the indirect tax reforms, it is an appropriate time to consider environmental fiscal reforms (EFRs) alongside.

    With a view to disseminate knowledge on EFRs among the officers working at the State Governments, specifically in the environment departments/ministries, the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics at Madras School of Economics, Chennai has been organizing training programs. Following successful organization of a 3-day training program in March 2013 at MSE, the Centre collaborated with the Department of Commerce, Tripura University to organize training program exclusively for the government officers of the North Eastern states. The program was organized during 6 to 8th November 2013 at Tripura University, Agartala. The training program was attended by officials from various departments of Government of Tripura and other stakeholders including the academicians.

    The inaugural session of the training program was attended by Prof. A.K. Ghosh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Tripura University, Prof. Mihir Deb, Chairman, State Pollution Control Board of Tripura, and Dr. Sharat Kumar, Senior Economic Adviser, MoEF, New Delhi.

    The following broad topics were covered during the training program:
    • Sustainable Development and rationale for green economic growth in India
    • Summary of international experiences with regard to EFRs
    • Indirect tax reforms in India and scope for integrating environmental considerations
    • Specific roles of taxes and subsidies at national, regional and local levels in addressing environmental concerns

    In addition to the lectures given by many experts working in the field of environmental fiscal reforms in India, the program also hosted a panel discussion focusing on environmental concerns of Tripua with active participation of officials from the Urban Development Department and Agartala Municipal Corporation.

    The feedback given by the participants at the end of the program was positive with over 70 percent of the participants giving either the highest rank (excellent) or the second highest rank (very good) on the overall impression. The participants also wanted separate training program with focused discussion on environmental issues concerning Tripura.

  • Training Programme on Environmental Fiscal Reforms: International Experience and Relevance for India
    Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India. 
    7-9th March 2013

    The Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics at MSE is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Besides carrying out policy relevant research studies, the Centre also focuses on capacity building through a dedicated website and periodic training programs. A three-day training program on ‘Environmental Fiscal Reforms: International Experience and Relevance for India’ was organized during 7, 8 and 9th March 2013 at Madras School of Economics, Chennai. The training program was supported by the MoEF, GoI.

    The training program attempted to:
    • Provide rationale for green economic growth in India by looking at some key sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, transport and construction
    • Summarize the experiences with regard to ETRs from both developed and developing countries
    • Discuss the current status of indirect tax reforms in India, and the need and scope for integrating environmental issues in the ongoing reform process
    • Elaborate the role of environmental subsidies
    • Highlight the importance of regional and local level taxes/subsidies in addressing environmental concerns; and
    • Deliberate on constraints in addressing the environmental concerns through fiscal instruments.

    The resource persons for the training program include Profs. U. Sankar, D.K. Srivastava, Paul Appasamy, Rita Pandey and several other eminent speakers who have been working on the program themes. Given the growing importance for effectively addressing the environmental consideration in the economy at various levels of governance, we believe that the officials from both Central and State government will find the deliberations informative.

  • Training Programme on Environmental Statistics with Special Reference to Water Accounting for Indian Statistical Service Officers
    Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India. 
    Sep. 29 to Oct. 03, 2008 

    A five day training program was organized by Madras School of Economics on “Environmental Statistics with Special Reference to Water Accounting”, for the Indian Statistical Service (ISS) officers during September 29 – October 3, 2008. The training program primarily focused on environmental statistics pertaining to water sector. The training emphasized on economic analysis and introduced the ‘System of Environment-Economic Accounting for Water’ (SEEAW). Fifteen ISS officers from various central and state government departments attended the five-day training program. Almost an equal number of resource persons gave lectures during the course of the training program. 
    The program was inaugurated by Dr. Balaji, Chief Conservator of Forests & Member-Secretary, State Forest Commission.

    More Information 
    Agenda for the Training Programme
    Resource Persons List
    Participants List
  • Training Programme on Environmental Economics for Government Officials
    Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India. 
    Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2004
    The training programme on environmental economics for government officials was held at Madras School of Economics from November 29 - December 3, 2004. The objective of the course was to acquaint the government officials with the principles of environmental economics and the potential applications in the formulation of environmental policy. Participants were mainly from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Forest Service, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Boards. Local participants were drawn from various agencies in Chennai related to environmental management. 24 participants attended the one week programme.
    The programme was inaugurated by Dr.Zmarak Shalizi, Senior Research Manager, World Bank. The lectures were broadly divided into four sections:
    • Principles of Environmental Economics 
    • Applications - Policy Instruments, Valuation 
    • Case Studies 
    • Global Issues

    More Information 
    Agenda for the Training Programme
    Resource Persons List
    Participants List

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