We organized a one-day public policy Symposium on Urbanisation and Environmental Policies for students and young professionals in New Delhi. It was aimed at reflecting on environmental policies and analyzing their impact on the contemporary urban growth landscape of our country. The discussions and presentations were focused on the need to improve the present legal and policy frameworks and to fill the prevalent gaps therein.
The papers presented at the Symposium were related to different aspects of urbanization and environmental policies. Conservation of water resources, need for protection of coastal areas, and management of data and information systems in cities were the prominent themes discussed during the Symposium. Many ideas emerged out of discussions among participants and experts. This Working Document summarizes and discusses the problems in the environmental policy framework in India which were deliberated on, in these papers. It also summarizes various ways suggested by the participants to solve these problems which could vastly help in improving the environment and urbanization policy framework of our country.