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1st International Conference on Conservation of Forests, Wild Life and Ecology

The First International Conference of the KLA on Conservation of Forests, Wild Life and Ecology organized by the Kerala Law Academy and CALSAR will be held on 15th - 17th December, 2012.

Theme:
The theme of the First International Conference 2012 is the legal regime and measures for conservation of the ecological balance and bio diversity of the Western Ghats.

It may well be noted that, their exist numerous legislations in India aiming at the Protection of Forest and Wildlife. Some of them are as follows:

  • The Forest (Conservation) Act,1980
  • The Indian Forest Act, 1927
  • The Environment (Protection Act), 1986
  • The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
  • The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  • The Kerala Forest Act, 1961
  • Kerala Private Forests (Vesting and Assignment) Act, 1971
  • Kerala Grants and Leases (modification of Rights) Act, 1980
  • The Madras Preservation of Private Forest Act, 1949
  • The Kerala Preservation of Trees Act, 1986
  • The Kerala Forest (Vesting and Management of Ecologically Fragile Lands) Act, 2003.
  • The Kannan Devan Hills (Resumption of lands) Act, 1971

But in spite of these legislations, encroachments into forest lands, destruction of the biodiversity and ecological balance of the Western Ghats and destruction of the flora and fauna are a regular and continuous feature/ phenomenon in the Western Ghats. The above said legislations are practically found inadequate to deal with the threat or unable prevent such encroachments and destruction in many situations. Hence, the conference would discuss and propose suggestions concerning the following:

  • To locate the controversial locations/areas of the Western Ghats and identify problems in conserving the ecology of the Western Ghats.
  • To suggest means, methods and ways to strengthen the existing legal frame work and regime for protection and conservation of the biological diversity and ecological balance in the Western Ghats.
  • To suggest changes in the existing legislations by way of amendments to strengthen the legal frame work for protection and conservation of the biological diversity and ecological balance in the Western Ghats.
  • To suggest new legislations at the central or state levels or formulate a new legal framework for protection and conservation of the biological diversity and ecological balance in the Western Ghats.
  • To discuss the implications of the World Heritage site status for various sites in the Western Ghats and suggest means and measures to realize the implications of the world heritage status to the conservation value of the Western Ghats and suggest measures to attain the benefits of the World Heritage status for the conservation of Western Ghats.
  • To examine and discuss the Gadgil Committee report, its follow up, objections of the State Governments and constitution of the Kasturirangan Committee to review Gadgil report and suggest future courses of action, measures and means for conservation of Western Ghats.
  • To examine the importance of the conservation of the ecology of Western Ghats to planet earth, world environment, Global climate and international community.

The papers that will be presented at the Conference on the above issues from an international perspective - with recommendations, suggestions, proposals, etc. - and reflecting superb quality would be published.

Eligibility:

  • Teaching faculty members and students of universities and other academic institutions, conservationists, biologists, wild life experts, researchers, scientists, forest experts, forest officials, judges, jurists and lawyers are eligible to participate.
  • Participation is strictly based on selection of the synopsis submitted by the intending participant.
  • Participation is limited to those intending to contribute to the Conference by submission of working/research paper, project, article, etc., that would contain some concrete proposal, suggestions, or recommendations relating precisely to the selected theme.
  • Intending participants are requested to submit their synopses to the organizers at any of the following email addresses: nagaraj@keralalawacademy.org; nagu7adv@gmail.com. kla@asianetindia.com, by 15th October, 2012, inclusive. A copy of their curriculum vitae/ bio-data must accompany their respective synopses.

Registration:
The selected participant is expected to register for the conference on or before 31st October, 2012. The registration fee is 75 US Dollars. In case of students, the fee is 50 US Dollars.

Travel, Food & Accommodation:
The Academy will arrange for transportation from and to the airport on prior intimation of arrival and departure. The transportation will also be provided to the participants on the conference days. The Academy will provide for free meals and accommodation to participants from 15th to 17th December, 2012. The circulation of papers and materials will be arranged by the Organizing Committee.

The air travel fare, visa expenses and related expenses will have to be met by the participant. On 18th and 19th December, 2012 the interested participants will be taken to their place of choice in the Western Ghats. The travel expenses on these days will be borne by the Academy. Accommodation and food expenses, however, will have to be borne by the participant. On prior intimation by the participant, the Academy could also arrange sightseeing tour(s) for the participants to any tourist destination of their choice on economical / discounted rates. The expenses of such tour(s) shall be borne by the participants.

Contact:
Nagaraj Narayanan
Programme Co-ordinator
1st International Conference on Conservation of Forests, Wild Life and Ecology
Kerala Law Academy
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Email: nagaraj@keralalawacademy.org, nagu7adv@gmail.com, kla@asianetindia.com
Website: www.keralalawacademy.org, www.keralalawacademy.in

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