In the wake of new development in mining sectors it has become important for companies to understand the nitty-gritty of the modifications made in the rules, regulations and acts related to mining, environment and forestry clearances. The focus is to develop the mining industry and simultaneously maintain the ecological balance for a sustainable mining. With this perspective the Raw Materials Division (RMD) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in association with MoEF & CC organised a one-day workshop in Kolkata recently. The workshop titled Coexistence of mining industry & forest - Challenges and way forward, primarily focused on environmental and forest issues, national mineral policy, different aspects of statutory clearances, critical balance between environment and mining, wild life management, land reclamation and other environment aspects. Apart from SAIL, companies like CIL, NALCO, OMDC, OMC, DVC, and Hindustan Copper Ltd participated in the workshop. Top officials from MOEF & CC, state government forest department shared their proficiency and views in the workshop. In his inaugural address Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forests & Special Secretary, MoEF&CC Government of India, IFS, said unplanned and rapid deforestation is leading to a dreadful future and impacting the climatic change heavily. Rising sea level is going destroy the coastal line of the world, therefore, conservation of forest is extremely essential, he added. Companies should introduce modern technology and follow scientific mining to mitigate the environmental loss, he said. He felt that such interaction between the statutory authority and companies creates a conducive environment in mining operation.