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Conservation Easement: India’s Environmental Exigency

Moulya Subbaramaiah, Jindal Global Law School


This paper aims to understand the concept of conservation easements which in brief terms, is when a landowner voluntarily agrees to prevent development from taking place on the land in perpetuity while the land remains in private hands of the landowner himself. First introduced in the US, it has now become the most widespread conservation tool in the USA. Land trusts in the USA now protect more land through conservation easements than through all other private land conservation tools combined. This paper further discusses the benefits of conservation easements to the private landowners, the government, nonprofit organisations and the public. Finally the paper attempt to argue that such policy in India would be beneficial considering its current situation.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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