A Trilogy in Environmental Laws by Ritu Dhingra

Ritu Dhingra (CEESP member) recently published three books as a trilogy in Environmental Laws with specialization in Forest Conservation and Management.



1 “Environmental Conservation – Indian Traditions” with ISBN 978-93-313-2548-8

This book deals with the ancient Indian traditions and their ways of environmental conservation by nature worship and making every living and nonliving thing sacred like sacred mountains, sacred rivers and ponds, sacred grooves and forests, sacred animals and plants. Vegetarianism, nonviolence and tribes like Bishnois and Todas who have devoted their lives for nature conservation and not to forget the Chipko movement. The book also traced the laws and scriptures in the Indian subcontinent from the Pre-Vedic Era to the Vedic Era to the medieval Indian laws and have compared them with the present day environmental laws prevalent in India. This book was appreciated by the Prime minister’s office (PMO) in India and was referred to Ministry Of Environment and Forests (MOEF)

2. “Environmental Jurisprudence- National and International” with ISBN

This book is a compendium of National and international environmental legislations, cases on environment, their judicial interpretations and present day environmental Problems. The book also deals with the future safety of environment and stresses on the need of the universal responsibility to conserve the environment carefully.

3. “Floral Biodiversity Economic and Environmental Benefits” with ISBN 978-93-313-2591-4

This book deals with the floral biodiversity of National territory of Delhi, where I was born and brought up and still living there. Since I did a B.SC honors Course in Botany from a very reputed college in University of Delhi with a first Division, I understood the subject quiet easily, so with an extensive and intensive research work of almost 10 years I made an exhaustive list of many environmentally and economically important plants which can be grown in the climate like Delhi by stating their Botanical names, vernacular names, their family and genera. I have also tried to highlight the medicinal and herbal qualities of various parts of the plants and have suggested growing either environmental useful plants, which will conserve the biodiversity, or economically useful plants that can at least accrue some economic strength. I have also clicked pictures of flowering plants and other plants and have made a list of them Month wise along with the pictures. I have laid stress on aesthetic planning and have suggested to different types of plant in different locales to enhance the aesthetics of a city. I have also added a chapter on “loss of house sparrows from NCT Delhi” and also “Mitigation of climate change by growing Native Plant Varieties” It is small effort from my side to conserve biodiversity by growing plants.


Relevant journal articles:
1. Mitigating climate change – Conserving forests by growing indigenous plant varieties. 2014. International Journal of Education and Humanities. 3(1).

2. Traditional Indian Environmental Jurisprudence And Contemporary Environmental Legislations - A Comparative Study. 2015. International Journal of Education and Humanities. 6(1).

3. Women Activism in Conservation of Environment: Eco-feminism. 2015. EDUCATION AND SOCIETY. 4(1).

4. Development of forest Laws in India. 2014. EDUCATION PLUS. 3(1).

Work area: 
Social Policy
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