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Throw light on the concept of “greenwashing”. In this context, analyse the amendments proposed in the Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 and their implications on environmental protection and sustainable development.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

4. Throw light on the concept of “greenwashing”. In this context, analyse the amendments proposed in the Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 and their implications on environmental protection and sustainable development. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article highlights the amendments proposed in the Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 and raises concerns about potential greenwashing.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the proposed amendments, examine the concept of greenwashing, and evaluate the need for stronger safeguards in forest conservation efforts.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining greenwashing and explain it briefly.

Body:

First, write the amendments proposed in the Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 – Ease of diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes, the provision for compensatory afforestation, and the relaxation of environmental impact assessment requirements.

Next, write about the potential implications of these amendments on forest conservation, biodiversity, and the rights of forest-dependent communities.

Next, suggest various measures that are further required to tackle this issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.