Environmental Law and Management Association,(ELMA) is an international association of environmental professionals and practitioners including lawyers, scientists, economists, the media, academia, non governmental organizations(NGOs) and other actors and activists in the environmental field. The Association is established; in part to pursue a unified examination of environmental law and management as well environmental issues generally. Partly, it is aimed to protect the environment and ensure that the interests of the environment and socio-economic development do not conflict. It seeks the creation and implementation of legal and management mechanisms that protect the environment as well as promote environmental reform and sound policy. It tries to achieve these through two clearly defined areas, that is, the legal and scientific departments unified to provide:
a platform to deepen knowledge and informed representation on the environment;
a springboard from which expertise of these environmental professionals are harnessed and shared with wider audience;
assistance on the field of environmental management, law, economics and the administrative questions of environmental protection;
a platform for networking, and action.
Because of its focus on environmental problems from a multidisciplinary perspective (science, management, law, and technology), ELMA seeks to earn respect and recognition as a neutral leader of the West African Environmental NGO community and as a source of technical and legal expertise and information for all.