Topic : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
5. “Development goals must be pursued without breaching environment regulations”, comment. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
The article presents to us the recent natural hazards of the monsoon witnessed in parts of the country – the floods of Brahmaputra valley to konkan coast to Kerala.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss in detail why it is important that development goals must be pursued without breaching environment regulations.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly present some data referring to the recent natural hazards that have been witnessed in the country.
Discuss the importance of environmental regulations – what are they? Why are they important?
Elaborate why there is often a gap between development goals and the regulations explain with example – say for instance the objective of the National Landslide Susceptibility Mapping maps is to help State and district authorities incorporate the risk of landslides into zoning laws. However, just as in the case of earthquake zonation maps, or for that matter, any exercise to scientifically ascertain the risk from natural hazards to a region, these laws are barely implemented in the right spirit.
Highlight the need to address the situation with utmost priority and recognize the importance of it.
Conclude that there is a cost to pursuing development goals without paying attention to environmental constraints.