Summer Training Course on on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development: A Social, Legal and Scientific Approach”

Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Eco-Ashram is set to nurture the minds of those concerned about the planet’s future. This is where people across different walks of life gather to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards a sustainable and responsible existence. Transforming realisation into action, the experience of staying in the lap of nature and learning from eminent experts in addition to various hands-on-activities and field trips, is certain to leave an indelible mark on each participant!

Program Theme: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development : A Social, Legal and Scientific Approach
Who May Apply : All College / University Students
Date : 14th – 20th June, 2016
Venue : Swastigram (Eco Ashram), Medawala, Thano, Dehradun

Summer-Training-Course-June2016-1This Program is aimed at providing the participating students with an insight into the multitude of challenges the natural environment of India is facing, with particular emphasis on impacts on human life and bio-diversity. An ever-increasing population leads to an ever-escalating pressure on the natural resources, thereby endangering the effective implementation of environmental laws and administration of equitable justice. By understanding the multi-dimensional impacts of current development models, the national and international legal instruments for environmental protection, contemporary case studies and sustainable solutions for harmonious and inclusive growth, this training program will leave each student equipped to form the correct opinion and take effective steps towards protecting our natural environment!      

Key Features of the Course

  • Lectures by eminent environmental scientists, lawyers, officers, activists etc. including Mr. M.C. Mehta (Environmental Lawyer and Activist)
  • Field Trip to one or more of the following places :
    – Chandi Pul and Harki Pauri, Haridwar
    – Sewage Treatment Plant, Triveni Ghat (Rishikesh)
    – Herbal Garden, Rishikesh
    – Aarti at the Banks of Ganga Ji
    Location will be finalized subject to permissions. Activities will also be conducted during field trip such as cleanliness drives etc.
  • Jungle Treks / Nature Walks and Bird Watching
  • Yoga Sessions and Exercise
  • Interaction with local villagers to understand Sustainable Living
  • Resource Material on Selected Topics Related to the Course Theme
  • Star Gazing and other fun activities etc.
  • Group Discussions / Debates or other participative events
  • Special Lectures under Peepal Trees
  • Fruit Trees and Rare Birds within the Campus
  • Certificate of Participation made of Recycled Paper

Summer-Training-Course-June2016-2Facilities:  This is a residential program, which includes the following:
– Accommodation on sharing basis separately for both the genders (including separate  
 washrooms for girls and boys)
– All Meals and Snacks
– Doctor on Call and First Aid Facility
– Pick up and drop from Dehradun Railway Station

Themes for Discussion:

  1. Environment and Pollution Laws: Basic Principles & Evolution
  2. Institutional Framework of Environmental Justice in India

III. Case Laws and Current Scenario of Environmental Enforcement

  1. Impacts of Climate Change on India’s Biodiversity and Life
  2. International Environmental Conventions
  3. Status Quo of National and State Policies Protecting Flora and Fauna ; among others.

Registration  Fee : Cost: INR Rs. 2,000/- as Registration Fees + INR Rs. 13,000/- (Program Fees) = INR Rs. 15,000/- .
Last date for registration is 23:59 p.m. on 24 / 05 / 2016. All students are required to e-mail the filled Registration Form at the time of registration. 

Registration Form : The Applicants are required to fill the form available on the following link. Registration stands complete upon receipt of the form and payment.

Early Bird Discount : All candidates registering on or before 10/05/2016 will get a discount of INR Rs. 2,000/- on the Program Fees. i.e. Total Payable of Rs. 13,000/-

NOTE : The registration fees of INR Rs. 2,000/- is non – refundable. In case of any cancellation two weeks before the camp i.e. in case of cancellation on or before 28/05/2016, only 50% of the Program Fees will be refundable.

Mode of Payment : Payment must be made either by way of a Demand Draft in favour of ‘ M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, 3 A, Ring Road, Opp. Mool Chand Metro Station, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi 110024 ’ or via direct transfer into our account i.e. ‘ M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, A/C No. 0132012053500, IDBI Bank, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi-110049.’  (IFSC Code : IBKL0000010)

Contact : For any queries please feel free to contact us on: 011 – 41756519 or 9999024687. You may also write to us at

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Volunteer Program

MCMEF – ICELA Volunteer Program
Phase II

(M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation


Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action)

About Us

Inspired by the success of the First Phase of the MCMEF-ICELA Volunteer Program, the M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation and the Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action now launch Phase II of the Volunteer Program.

MCMEF and ICELA are NGOs working nationwide for the protection of the environment, the rights of the people to a clean environment, the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of the natural and cultural heritage of India. Through this program we aim to create a group of empowered, experienced and sensitized citizens who will serve as the voice of Mother Earth wherever they are!

ICELA has contributed significantly to the broadening of environmental jurisprudence in India and has obtained landmark judgments and directions for the protection of environment, people’s life & health. MCMEF has been actively involved in creating DSC_0362awareness among NGO’s, lawyers, scientists, senior officials, academicians, students and youth through training and capacity building programs, seminars, workshops, moot courts, declamation contests, green marches and other grass root level activities.

We believe that if all of us unite and take proper care in the protection and conservation of the limited natural resources, we can give our children a better tomorrow. It is possible only through community participation, awareness and by raising our voice!

In making co-existence and sustainable living a reality, we thus reach out to all those interested in joining the struggle for existence of life on Planet Earth against pollution, climate change and degradation of natural resources! For more information you may check our website

Application Process

We are scheduled to organise intensive programs and thereby invite applications of those interested to volunteer with us for the same. The nature of work is voluntary and all volunteers will be given a certificate / letter for their contribution. The work may include the following depending upon the applicant’s expertise :

  • Coordination work for organising Environmental-Training Programs/Meetings etc.
  • Environment education projects with school and college students
  • Giving presentations on air/water/soil pollution, environment law and policy, wildlife conservation, sustainable energy, solid waste management, animal rights and other health related issues. Experience and understanding in the concerned fields will be required.
  • Organisation of Capacity Building Programs at our Eco Ashram in Dehradun
  • Technical work in designing and/or website management
  • Creative, artistic work in drawings, paintings, craft, designing, photography etc.
  • Writing reports, articles, briefs etc.

All interested applicants will have to undergo aIMG_3736 two stage selection procedure. The first stage comprises the sending of Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with the Registration Form available on our website based on which the second stage i.e. the interview will follow for those selected. Last date to apply for this program is 24/05/2016.

College/University students and above may apply. We look forward to also having people with administrative experience in general and/or field experience/qualification in any of the above mentioned environmental issues in particular. All students currently pursuing their education will be required to provide a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member in their institution.  The required documents need to be sent to On final selection, the volunteer will be required to pay a one-time registration fees of Rs. 500/- for the expenses borne by the organisation for the purposes of the training and communication.  Volunteers once selected will still be subject to disqualification in case of any inappropriate conduct during the course of their tenure.

NOTE : A selfless spirit to passionately protect our natural environment at all costs, along with perseverance and determination is what we are looking for.

Click Here to download the registration form