On April 27, the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), New Delhi hosted a workshop on Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles? Conducted by Professor Shreekant Gupta, professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics and adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, the workshop was attended by over 30 participants focussing on the past, present and future of environmental public policy.
Prof. Gupta, who is also the vice-president of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, and has served as the director – National Institute of Urban Affairs, began the workshop with a synopsis of the environmental challenges India is facing, specifically covering water, air, soil, among others. In subsequent stages, he talked about the existing legislations/standards in India, market approach towards environmental problems, environmental economics, and other interesting facts and figures that served as food-for-thought.
Concluding the workshop, Prof. Gupta mentioned, "Top-down regulatory approaches and judicial diktats have failed to reduce air and water pollution. It is time to consider market approaches such as pollution fees and emissions trading that are being used world over."
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