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Kedarnath FELPR

FELPR

FELPR (Forum for Environment Legal Policy Research) aims to create a safe space for informed dialogue, knowledge sharing, interactive participative learning, exchange of ideas, for law makers, officials from the government and their agencies, legal practitioners, environmental activists, academicians, students and anyone from citizenry who wishes to engage constructively and meaningfully with the system of governance so that together we can ensure a transparent, accountable, sustainable, inclusive, climate and disaster resilient development. FELPR is a platform for inclusive, informed policy debates and also a resource of credible and relevant policy research output for capacity building for policy debates.

The economy of IHR region is dependent upon the well-being of its natural resources. Any development at the cost of its environment and ecology will eventually play havoc with its economy. 

Environmental Legal Policy Research with IHR focus is limited only to the government and its agencies. The knowledge is spread across various agencies of the government and lies mostly unused as it is not readily accessible in a form that is user friendly. There is no special agency or organization that is totally focused on environment legal policy research in IHR and ensures that the policies and laws that have an impact on its ecology and environment are made keeping in mind the special needs, vulnerabilities and susceptibilities of this region. We need development but we need to look at it differently and do things in a more environmentally benign manner.

FELPR MISSION

  • Our mission is to do independent, high quality, incisive, objective, peer reviewed, environmental legal policy research in IHR.
  • Our mission is to provide appropriate, context specific support and facilitate law makers in the region with the help of our research outputs to make better, more implementable, evidence led laws.
  • Our mission is to collaborate with institutions of academic excellence or other organisations both government and non-government to create more resources to make better laws and policies.
  • Our mission is to help empower communities by engaging with organisations working with people at the grassroots, as their legal knowledge partners and provide them necessary, required, updated and relevant information about the rights and duties of the community’s vis a vis their environment, ecology and development.
  • Our Mission is to make FELPR a movement, nurture public debate, inform and influence policy, where all stakeholders of society engage meaningfully with an informed development dialogue to make a sustainable future together.
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FELPR APPROACH

AT FELPR our approach is outlined as follows.

This Forum aims to be a catalyst, hub of knowledge and information for the law makers, civil society and the people  of the states and of the UTs of IHR on all aspects of natural resource management and environment law. 

We aspire to provide proactive and on demand legal policy research to the law makers of the IHR states and UTs which shall equip them better and facilitate making better laws that are sensitive to the needs of the people, environment and ecology of the region. 

We aim to facilitate the democratization of environment law making exercise by engaging actively with the government of India and the state governments, public institutions, civil society organisations, academic institutions of higher learning so that more evidence led law making happens in this region. In-depth, independent, objective research will be the guiding principles of this Forum.

We aim to be a digital town square which could be called an ‘Environment Law Chaupal’  or may be simply ‘Lets Learn from Each other’ of lawyers and advocates where the best legal minds working on these issues shall contribute their views. We will conduct interviews may be once a month or once in three months and can take queries from people working at the grass-roots or anyone who is interested in better understanding the issues at hand.

We also aim to disseminate the research output widely amongst the civil society, people, students of the region so that we have a more aware and as a result more engaged citizenry who are willing to take ownership for the protection and conservation of their natural resources and ask for accountability from their law makers and the governments. We intend to soon start a Community Paralegal Programme for the youth of IHR.