Environment protection and management today is faced with key issues of compliance and enforcement. In the context of India, it is being increasingly realized that the insufficient capacity at various levels to deal with environmental problems is the root cause of environment degradation. This capacity needs to be strengthened by knowledge sharing and training of the stakeholders involved in the protection and management of environment.

The ELDF training programs aim at capacity building by sharing knowledge and providing training on the environmental policy and legal framework in the country, relevant to all the sectors relating to environment and development that also encourages community based innovative gender sensitive participatory approach that lead to reduce threat to the local and global environment.

The training program also aims at sharing innovative thinking on environment protection and management and its adaptability within the sphere of activity of the participants. Hence the program empowers the participants with the requisite knowledge of environmental policy and legal framework and innovative thinking patterns, to build capacity for the protection and management of environment.

Objectives of the Training Programs:

The training programs primarily focuses on sharing knowledge and training on environmental policy and legal framework, so as to make various recipients from several walks of life, equipped with the legal tools on environment protection. However, few ascertained learning objectives of the program are enumerated below:

  • Understand the role of law in the protection of environment and develop awareness of the role of various actors in enforcing environmental laws

  • Recognizing the issues surrounding the environment degradation and its legal implications

  • Identify major principles of environmental law and issues surrounding them and its practical applications

  • Comprehend different mechanisms including institutional arrangements and processes established to ensure environmental compliance

  • Develop awareness of rights- based approaches to environmental protection.

  • Critically assess the role of courts especially appellate courts in the protection and preservation of environment

  • Thinking new tools and techniques to enhance environmental protection and compliance with the environment law

  • Some of our training activities have received global recognition: For example the Panchayat Shivirs or legal literacy camps that we have conducted on the tribal Self Rule Law which is well documented and reported as one of the key Power Tools, (

Training Programmes Illustrative List

  • A roundtable was conducted by IIM on Development, Society and Business where three panelists namely Mr. Ravi Rebbapragada of Samata, Bharat Patel of MAAS and Mr.Sanjay Upadhyay of ELDF presented their perspectives on the said issue.
  • CMS Vatavaran 2014 held a session titled "Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India and its Conservation" on Jan 31, 2014 where Sanjay Upadhyay of ELDF as an expert speaker gave a presentation titled `Governance in Coastal Areas of India-Some Concerns'.
  • Resource person in Second Indian Biodiversity Congress, National Seminar held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 9th to 11th December 2012.
  • Resource person and Guest of Honour at discussion (samvad) on Panchyat (Extension to scheduled Areas Act)-PESA, held at Udaipur on 12-12-12.
  • Resource person at practitioners' conclave for" Save the Western Ghats" held at Mahabaleshwar on 2nd December 2012.
  • Resource person at workshop on building a common understanding on PESA and its applicability to Maharashtra-- Maharashtra, organised by ECONET October 13, 2012.
  • Resource person at workshop on PESA shaktiyon ki karyaatmak mahatatta evam gahanta-- Rajasthan, organised by AASTHA October 11 & 12, 2012.
  • Fellowship Programme for Young Lawyers from State of Chhattisgarh where they will be trained on the socio-legal rights of the marginalized communities, i.e. women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, children, differently-abled people and minorities, November 2011 onwards.
  • Training Programme on Forest Governance with a focus on Forest Rights Act and PESA with forest officers and presided by the Hon’ble Governor of Chhattisgarh at the State Forest Research and Training Institute, Chhattisgarh, March 2010
  • FRA Training of scientists and Forest Officers of state of Madhya Pradesh at the Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur March 2010
  • Training of Judicial Officer (probationers) of Assam – at National Law University, Delhi, July, 2009
  • Training of All India Forest Officers on Forest Rights Act at Amity School of Natural Resources, Noida, August 2009
  • Invited as a resource person to speak on Climate Change, Energy and Law at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organised by TERI and Government of India,
  • Training of Environmental Officers of N.H.P.C Limited on Resettlement and Rehabilitation at NPTI.
  • Training of Judicial Officers of Assam in collaboration with NLU Delhi.
  • Resource Person at TSAS , New Delhi
  • Resource Person at NJA; Delhi Judicial Academy;
  • FRA Trainings with CBOs- NTFP Forum, (June 2008) Winrock International.
  • Environmental Law Capacity Building Program in the SAARC Region in collaboration with NALSAR University of Law: Trained about one hundred fifty professionals from SAARC Region including, Judges, Lawyers, NGOs, Government Officials, Academic and Private players.
  • Training On Policy And Laws Affecting Natural Resources In Arunachal Pradesh-SFRI, Chimpu, 2005: Lectures on the following: a.  Community Forestry and Policy in North-East- A Historical Legal Analysis
    b.  Supreme Court and Arunachal Pradesh- Obvious and Beyond the Obvious Picture
    c.  Community Reserves and Conservation Reserves- Beyond Traditional Wildlife Management
    d.  Transit Rules in North- East- The Conflict Within
    e.  Community forestry in North East
  • Trained District Collectors of several districts in the State of Madhya Pradesh on Settlement of Rights and Demarcation Process of Protected Areas under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.
  • Trained Journalists from North East India on Implication of Court orders and judgments influencing forestry practices in India, with a focus on North East India, at Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
  • Panchayat Shivirs: Legal Literacy Camps in tribal districts of Dungarpur, Banswara and Udaipur of Rajasthan, on tribal self rule law for Executive Heads of CBOs as well as other local level functionaries.
  • Co-Organized Management Development Program on Legal Perspective on Qualitative Research Methodology on PFM at Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.
  • Trained twenty-five Field Level Executive Functionaries of NGOs and CBOs on tribal self-rule law in Orissa under the aegis of Orissa Development Action Forum (ODAF).
  • Resource person in the Brainstorming on Climate Change, Issues and Challenges for BRIC countries at Rajiv Gandhi Foundation,
  • Resource person in the Orientation Course on entrepreneurship: Options and Challenges Priyadarshan University, Greater Noida.
  • Resource person in the National Workshop on State of Human Rights in India Association for the protection of Civil Rights (APCR)
  • Resource Person at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun, on Wildlife Protection Act and Wildlife Cases for Senior Officers Indian Forest Service for the last 10 years
  • Resource Person at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, for IFS Probationers on Environment Law and Public Interest Law for the last 10 years
  • Resource Person on Forest Tribal Interface at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi for Senior Government Officials from various departments such as MoEF, MoRD, MoTA for the last 10 years
  • Resource Person for the PACS Program in Chattisgarh on Land Laws and Tribals in Chattisgarh and trained Functionaries of Civil Society Organizations from all over the State of Chattisgarh.
  • Resource person for the Cohort 11 Fellowship of LEAD India on Alternative Dispute Resolution for conflicts on Human-Forest Interface.
  • Resource Person at Management Development Program on Legal Perspective on Qualitative Research Methodology at Indian Institute of Forest Management; February 2005
  • Resource Person at Centre for Environmental Law- WWF-India
  • Guest Lecturer at CEERA, National Law India University, Bangalore ( NLSIU)
  • Guest Lecturer at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad
  • Guest Lecturer at National University of Juridical Sciences ( NUJS) Kolkata Guest Lecturer at Symbiosis Law College, Pune
  • Training and capacity building programme for the legal fraternity, government officials, non government officials including Community Based Organizations and academic on environmental law in the SAARC (South Asian Association and Regional Cooperation) region in technical association with the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India-- 2008
  • EIA training- Uttaranchal-2006
  • KMVS- Training on SEZ and law-2005
  • AM &SM- Training to Lead India Fellows-2005
  • Proposal for Training of International Law for HPFD officers-2006
  • Internship Programme-AV-2006
  • Helping Asola Bhati Sanctuary Residents in letting them know their rights and about sanctuaries
  • ODAF Training on PESA
  • Trained twenty five field level executive functionaries of NGOs and CBOs on Tribal Self Rule Law in Orissa under the aegis of Orissa Development Action Forum (ODAF)
  • Training of Collectors of Madhya Pradesh on Wildlife Protection Act,
  • Resource Person at Management Development Program on Legal Perspective on Qualitative Research Methodology at Indian Institute of forest Management; February 2005
  • Resource Person at the Indira Gandhi National Forest academy (IGNFA) on Wildlife Protection Act and Wildlife Cases…
  • Resource Person at the Wildlife Institute of India for IFS Probationers on Environment Law and Public Interest Law

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