The Kerala Law Academy is holding its First International Conference on Conservation of Forests, Wild Life and Ecology from 15-12-2012 to 17-12-2012. The theme of the Conference is “The Legal Regime and Measures for Conservation of the Ecological Balance and Bio Diversity of the Western Ghats”. As is well known, the future of planet earth essentially depends on the protection and conservation of Biological diversity hotspots in the world. Western Ghats -- given a World Natural heritage site Status by the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO -- is one of the ten hottest hotspots of biological diversity in the world. It is also a fact that a major part of this world natural heritage is in Kerala.

The inaugural session of the Conference is scheduled on 15.12.2012 at 9 am at the Kerala Law Academy campus, Thiruvananthapuram and concludes on the evening of 17.12.2012. Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Patnaik , Judge, Supreme Court of India would inaugurate the Conference. Dr. Glen Barry, environmental advocate and founder/operator of the forest conservation network and ( For details of Glen Barry, see ; ) will be the Academic Co-ordinator. Other Judges and legal experts from foreign universities are expected to participate.
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. Declaration of the Conference will also be published.

For effective and fruitful discussion, formulations and conclusions, the participation is limited to 80, which may, however, be slightly relaxed at the discretion of the Organizing Committee, depending on given circumstances. The success of the conference will be the quality of discussion, resolutions and proposals. Oral presentation could be accompanied by power point presentation to give more clarity, brevity and conciseness. The papers and materials presented and the discussions, suggestions, proposals, formulations, conclusions etc at the conference shall become the property of the organizers who will have copyright over the same.

The entire proceedings of the Conference will be documented and the selected papers will be published. The conclusions and recommendations approved at the Conference and the Declaration of the Conference will be published and submitted to the Government and relevant enforcement agencies and authorities for state action and guidance. The conference will also decide on the theme for the next conference.

Program coordinators

  • Nagaraj Narayanan
    Programme Coordinator

  • Dr. Glen Barry
    Academic Convener and Coordinator

Organizing Committee

  • Dr Lekshmi Nair
    Principal, Kerala Law Academy

  • Dr S Sanker
    Former Scientist, Kerala Forest Research Institute

  • Dr K C Sunny
    Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Kerala

  • Prof. M. K. Prasad

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