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The Environment Law and Development Foundation, was set up by the Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF), India's first environmental law firm, in 2004 to carry out its charitable objectives. The Foundation has taken up the ancillary as well as some core work of the law firm especially training, education, publishing and outreach through national and global networks in the area of environment and development law, leaving the law firm free to focus on consultancy and litigation in the field of environment and development. Ideally every aspect of environmental law should be addressed by one organization but in India and particularly the Bar Council has a peculiar position for practitioners. An Advocate (Attorney) cannot work for charity as an integral part of it and draw sustenance. A salaried employee of a Charitable Trust or a society is thus barred from practicing as an Advocate under the Bar Council Rules. This technicality thus necessitates the creation of two institutions - one which is charitable and which can be pro active

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Training Programs

Hands - on training of the members of the three committees formed under the FRA and local NGO members as 'Master Trainers' for strengthening the implementation of the Act in the State.

Knowledge Resources

Shared Environmental Concerns between India and Pakistan - By Mr. Sanjay Upadhyay and Ahmad Rafay Alam

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Manual on Forest Rights Act and PESA
Awards creating Model Forest and Scheduled Area Governance in Madhya Pradesh
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For internship send your resume with cover letter mentioning period of internship at vish@eldfindia.com

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