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Training and Capacity Building

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:

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, (http://www.policy-powertools.org/Tools/Ensuring/LLC.html).

  • Illustrative List of Training Programs

    • Speaker in National Green Tribunal, Eastern Zone Conference on Waste Disposal & Management, 9th and 10th of September 2017, Guwahati, Assam.
    • Training of Asian Development Bank officers relating to Equivalence Assessment in Bali, 10th to 13th, April, 2017.
    • Resource Person in Capacity Building Programme on "Wildlife Crime and Protection of Endangered Wildlife in North-East India”; Guwahati High Court in association with the Department of Environment & Forest, Govt. Of Assam; Judicial Academy, Assam; North Eastern Judicial Officers' Training Institute & District Judiciary, Golaghat; 13th November 2016.
    • Training of Audit officers in legal issues surrounding mines for the National Training Program conducted by International Centre for Environmental Audit and Sustainable Development (ICED), Jaipur, 27th June, 2016
    • Panelist for Workshop on Urban Biodiversity organized by IUCN held on 16-17 June, 2016
    • Training of Audit officers in legal issues surrounding water and waste for the National Training Program conducted by International Centre for Environmental Audit and Sustainable Development (ICED), Jaipur, 10th May, 2016
    • International Expert speaker on Sri Lanka High Court Judges Workshop on Writs and Environmental laws organized by Asian Development Bank on 19th to 20th March, 2016
    • Training of Audit officers in legal issues surrounding water and waste for the National Training Program conducted by International Centre for Environmental Audit and Sustainable Development (ICED), Jaipur, 14th to 16th December, 2015
    • Resource person at ‘Bamboo Policy Workshop’ in the Academy of Administration, Bhopal, M.P. on 28th January 2015
    • Resource person for Postgraduate Diploma Course In Advanced Wildlife Management at Wildlife Institute of India on Policies And Laws In Wildlife Management – Prosecution Of Wildlife Offence from 5th January, 2015 – 9th January, 2015
    • Refresher training programme on Legal literacy for key resource person of NLMA, State Resource Centre, Indore June 2-4, 2014.
    • Lecture at The International Centre for Information Systems and Audit (ICISA) on 'Environmental legislations and Institutional Frameworks’ on18th February 2014
    • Training members of Non-Timber Forest Produce – Exchange Program, a network of organizations working on issues of conservation, livelihoods and policy advocacy in the domain of NTFPs
    • Training IAS/IFS Probationers at Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration: May 2013.
    • Fellowship Program for Young Lawyers from State of Chhattisgarh where local lawyers were 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- February 2013.
    • Resource Person and environmental laws and disasters; National Institute of Disaster Management, April 2013.
    • 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 Honor at discussion (Samvad) on Panchayat (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.
    • Forest Governance with a focus on Forest Rights Act and PESA Training Program 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.
    • Forest Rights Act Trainings with CBOs- ASTHA, 2012-2013; NTFP Forum, (June 2008) Winrock International, (July 2008).
    • Resource person at the National Workshop on “Beyond JFM - Rethinking the Forest Question in India” organized by Center for Inter Disciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED) at ISEC and Winrock International India(2008).
    • Resource person at the National Workshop on “Protected Areas Governance and Law” organized by Ministry of Environment and Forest in association with IIFM, Bhopal and FGLG (2008).
    • Resource Person at Management Development Program on Legal Perspective on Qualitative Research Methodology at Indian Institute of Forest Management, February 2007.
    • EIA training to field Activists; People Science Institute- Uttaranchal-2006.
    • Training on SEZ and law – KMVS, 2006.
    • Training on Environmental laws to Lead India Fellows-2006.
    • Resource Person at NJA; Delhi Judicial Academy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun, on Wildlife Protection Act and Wildlife Cases for Senior Officers of the Indian Forest Service.
    • Resource Person at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, for Indian Forest Service Probationers on Environment Law and Public Interest Law.
    • 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.
    • Resource Person for the PACS Program in Chhattisgarh on Land Laws and Tribals in Chhattisgarh and trained Functionaries of Civil Society Organizations from all over the State of Chhattisgarh.
    • 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.