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Environmental Management

L. Venkatachalam
Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)
Chennai -600 020

Objectives of the Course

The specific objectives of this course are to
environmental issues using an interdisciplinary
approach, and to enable the students, who are
on the threshold of becoming
participants in society as citizens, decisionmakers and leaders, to develop a framework to
analyze the environmental issues and to find
out appropriate policy measures.

Course outline
Module A (Sessions 1
& 2)
Introduction to Environmental

Management Sustainable
A critique of sustainable development (SD) concept

of SD, different forms of capital, role of natural

capital in achieving SD,
Local, regional & trans-boundary water issues and

how these issues affect SD in India

Module B (Sessions 3 to 9)
Scope of market mechanism in environmental
Collective action & property rights for sustainable
Scope of market mechanism in

environmental management
Complete property rights
Institutions and transaction costs (government, markets and

NGOs such as, legal system)

Collective action & property rights for

sustainable development
Various types of property regimes private, state, common &

open access
Collective action and social capital
Elinor Ostroms work on commons
Common property, local livelihoods & land acquisition

Module B (Sessions 3 to 9)
Scope of market mechanism in environmental
Collective action & property rights for sustainable
Market failures and environmental

problems, and internalization of

environmental externalities
Reasons for market failures
Public goods, externalities
Correcting market failures

Command and control

Market-based instruments
Climate change: Kyoto Protocol
Role of judiciary

A case study of coffee sector in the context of relationship

between international trade & environment

Module C (Sessions 10 to 16)

Environmental issues and policy measures
Session 10: Case study on local

environmental governance
Institutions, Property Rights, Policy failures, Sustainable

Development vs. Equity, Social Capital, Challenges in

implementing grass roots interventions

Sessions 1116: Presentation &

discussion of term papers and book


Class Participation 10%
Mid-term 20%
Final Examination 40%

Answer No more than the suggested page limit in

the question paper

Term Paper 30%

Term paper presentation

A group of five/ six students
Analyze local / regional / national /

international environmental issues

(remedial policies/interventions) &
opportunities (i.e., new business
Evaluation on the basis of application of

theoretical concepts/ analytical frameworks

discussed in Session 1 to Session 10.

Evaluation of term paper

Presentation and discussion
35 minutes for each group

15 to 20 minutes for presentation

15 minutes for discussion

Presentation by ALL the students in a

group, and participation by ALL the

students in the class
(Post mid-term, March 9th onwards)

Evaluation of term paper

Presentation 15 marks
Individual effort 10 marks
Overall group presentation 5 marks

Report 15 marks

Write the source of literature referred to as


Report size Maximum 2,500 words

Structure the report into sections

Kumar, I., Guri, S., Ladia, M., Richa, & Verma, A. (2013) (PGP16 Students) Live project on

coastal management of Kozhikode. The Winner of WIPRO Earthian Award 2013.

(Note based on Environmental Management Term Paper).
Sahasranamam, S., Dasgupta, S., Asati, A., Singh, R., & Debnath, A. (PGP16 Students) (2013)
Powering villages with renewable energy co-ops. Business Line November 25, 2013.
(An article based on Term Paper) (PPTs of presentation available in the Black Board)
PPTs of two groups from PGP16