Law and politics of conservation
The workshop will be divided into 2 sections:
(A) Legalities of wild spaces:
As wildlife biologists, conservation practitioners, tourists or adventure seekers, we often venture into wild spaces. It is critical that we should know important legal provisions when we are in these spaces. The main aim of this section is to make students aware of the various provisions of laws dealing with different systems, like forest spaces [Indian Forest Act, 1929, Forest Conservation Act, 1980, Forest Right Act, 2006, National Forest Policy 2018]; protected areas and wildlife [Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972]; biodiversity [National Biodiversity Act, 2002]; and marine [Coastal Regulation Zone notification 2011 and 2018 (draft), National Fisheries Policy 2017], and the various terms and terminologies associated with these laws and policies.
(B) Politics of conservation law:
While we will focus on the specifics of the laws itself, we will also devote time to understanding the politics of these laws: the history of the laws and policies and why they came into existence; the debates and conflicts around them; how they affect different actors in the space etc. Through the use of case studies and experiences of the resource persons in working with different stakeholders in the conservation space, we hope to be able to deepen how conservation scientists and students view the politico-legal space around conservation.