Goa becomes India’s first state to have Resource Efficiency strategy

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Panaji: Ambassador of the European Union to India Shri. Ugo Astuto, alongwith
Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant launched the strategy for ‘Fostering
Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Goa’, making Goa a
pioneering state to prepare such strategy. The strategy presents an overall
state-level action plan to main stream resource efficiency and circular
economy and foster sustainable management of resources in the state. The function was organized by Directorate of Planning, Statistics
and Evaluation (DPSE) in collaboration with The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI) and with support from European Union’s Resource
Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) at Panaji today. Director, Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation (DPSE), Shri Dr. Y Durga Prasad and Counselor, Environment, Energy & Climate
Change, European Union Delegation to India, Ms. Henriette Faergemann
were present on the occasion. Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant expressed his gratitude to Niti
Aayog for encouraging the State of Goa to formulate the State strategy on
Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) and congratulated
the Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation, Government of
Goa for steering the development of this Strategy. Talking about the collaboration, the EU Ambassador said “We are
extremely delighted to have been supporting the state of Goa in
preparation of the Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Strategy. The strategy has been prepared by Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation (DPSE), Government of Goa, and The Energy
and Resources Institute (TERI) was assigned to help them develop this
Strategy with support from the EU-Resource Efficiency Initiative
(EU-REI). The Strategy presents a resource efficiency
roadmap for tourism and construction along with addressing the issue of
marine litter.
The strategy recognises the emergent need to use resources
judiciously across lifecycle in order to sustain Goa’s long-term
development and societal wellbeing. Stakeholder groups from Goa who participated in the focused
group discussions for the strategy paper were Tourism, Construction, Civil Society, Waste, Marine and Business and other Sectors. Smt. Ashwini compered the function and Shri Furtado Deputy
Director, Directorate of Planning and Statistics proposed the vote of
thanks.

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