Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment

LIFE was formed in 2008 with the mandate of promoting environmental democracy by facilitating Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in matter relating to environment. The mission of LIFE is based on the belief that effective environmental protection is possible if concerned citizens have an effective voice in matters concerning the environment.

Vision

Life’s vision is to reform environmental law by inspiring new conversation. It promotes environmental democracy and justice through creative use of law and scientific evidence-based advocacy.

Mission

Life supports environmental democracy by focusing on access to information, public participation and access to justice.

Biologycal Diversity Act

The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (BD Act, 2002) was enacted owing to India’s obligation under the International obligation under Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992. The convention is built on the three-fold objective: conservation of biological resources, their sustainable utilisation and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of utilisation of biological resources and related traditional knowledge. The Act is built on a three-tier institutional structure: the National Biodiversity Authority, State Biodiversity Boards and Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs).

Advocacy

LIFE is working actively on the implementation of the BD Act, 2002. Its activities comprise of both legal researches support and on-field activities:

Legal Research Support

Field Activities

Trustees

Ritwick-Dutta

Ritwick Dutta

Managing Trustee

Ritwick Dutta is a founder of LIFE and currently heading the organization as Managing Trustee. He graduated in Sociology and Law from the University of Delhi and has been involved in environmental litigation for the last 15 years. 

Rahul-Choudhary

Rahul Choudhary

Trustee

Rahul Choudhary is also a founder member of LIFE as one of the Trustees. He is in-charge of Litigation Division. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and is practicing as a lawyer in the field of environment for last 17 years.

Dr. Rakesh Kr. Singh

Trustee

Dr. Rakesh Kr. Singh is a Trustee of LIFE and in-charge of Research Division. He has a PhD in Wildlife Sciences from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He is also a Member of the Jharkhand Biodiversity Board.

Events

Family Law

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Bank And Financial

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Divorce Law

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Criminal Law

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