Regional Workshop, Goa November 21-22, 2017; Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India & Ecotourism Society of India


Panaji/20th November 2017 … Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI)  is organizing a workshop on “ Sustainable & Responsible  Tourism’ with a special focus on ‘Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India’  ( STCI) for the Tourism stakeholders. This is a part of a series of such regional events organized by Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India and is in partnership with TTAG  and Goa Tourism.  These workshops are useful for all stakeholders, professionals and practitioners in the Industry .This includes- Hoteliers, Individuals from Travel, Tours  & Transport Industry, Resort Managers, Tourist Guides, Adventure Tourism Providers and Community representatives who are involved in sustainable tourism models . The details are;

 DATE     : November 21 & 22, 2017

TIME      : 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM


This workshop aims to demystify the concept of Sustainability in every day Tourism business- by breaking it into steps that are easy to emulate and apply.

We all know that the way forward involves setting corrective and curative measures with regard to Tourism practices with ecological sensitivity and conservation of nature and community development in the Goan region.

These practices will be highlighted by speakers who practice them in their businesses and yet benefit financially along with creating a lighter footprint and supporting the local communities and environment.

ESOI is the nodal body of  ‘Eco Tourism’ supported by Ministry of Tourism , Govt of India – to further the cause of Safe, Sustainable & Responsible Tourism. Being the national body for Responsible Tourism, we work in partnership with other stakeholders, the state governments and other national and regional bodies.  Recently, we have signed an MOU with the Ministry of Tourism to help deliver Sustainability in Tourism across the country. MOT recognizes ESOI as its partner in driving and advocating Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) initiatives across the country.


 Registration- 9 ‘o clock onward

Day 1;  Inaugural session      – 0930-1100

  • Welcome: Dr. Anjuna Dhir, Director of Program – ESOI
  • ESOI & Workshop agenda- Shri Steve Borgia Hon. President, ESOI
  • Special Address – Shri Dharmeder Sharma Chief Secretary, Govt of Goa
  • Special Address – Shri Suman Billa, JS , MoT, Govt of India
  • Chief guest address- CM/ Minister Tourism
  • Keynote address– Shri Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF India

 Tea ;  1100-1115

Technical Session – 1: Setting the Context 1115-1315

  • Converting Tourism into Responsible Business- Mr. Steve Borgia, CMD, Indeco Hotels
  • Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India- Genesis & Current status, Dr.Anjuna Dhir, Director Programmes, ESOI
  • Ecotourism & Community based initiatives in Goa- Mr. Parag Rangnekar,
  • Heritage / Conservation – Mr. Ketak Nachinolkar, Conservation Architect
  • Ecological Approach to Planning – Mr. Dean D Cruz, Mosaic

 Session conducted by Mr Rakesh Mathur

Lunch: 1315-1400

Technical Session-2 : Technology of Being Responsible – The issues -1400-1600

  • Pollution issues– Mr Roland Martin ,
  • Community Solid Waste management- Mr.Varun Rupela, Smarter Dharma
  • Managing Cleanliness, Waste, Beach front – Mr. Sanjit Rodrigous ,Chairman, Goa State Waste Management Corporation
  • Coastal tourism in Goa: issues of environmental concern—Dr.Antonio Mascarenhas, former Scientist , NIO Goa
  • Impact of marine Tourism on marine megafauna and ecosystems- Ms. Pooja Mitra, Founder Terra Conscious

 Session conducted by Mr Savio Fonseca

 Tea ;  1600-1615

Technical Session-3 : Scope of Being Responsible 1615-1745

  • Responsible Kerala- Mr. Jose Dominic, MD, CGH Earth
  • Sustainable Tourism – the Govt support- Mr. Suman Billa, JS , MoT, Govt of India

DAY – 2 Technical Session -4: More Goa; Responsible Goa; 930-1115

  • Adventure Goa/ Trekking– Ms. Bianca Diaz, Offtrail advnture
  • Adventure  & White water rafting- Mr. John Pollard- Off the grid
  • Farm/spice tourism- Mr. Ajit Sukhija, Panjim Inn
  • Birding- Mr. Savio Fonseca, Keystone

 1115-1130 Tea Break

Panel Discussion1130- 1245 

Issues facing Tourism industry & Way Forward

M/s Savio/Francis Braganza- TTAG,  Dr. Antonio Mascerenhas- CRZ issues, Mr.Ajai Saxena- PCCF Goa,  Mr.Sanjit – Waste Mgt ,  Mr. Jose Dominic-Responsible Practices, Mr. Ajit Sukhija-, Ms. Puja Mitra- The Tourism master plan

Q & A; 1245-1315

Concluding Session   – 1315- 1400

Recap – Mr Rakesh Mathur

Pledge- Safe & Honourable Tourism

Vote of thanks – Dr Anjuna Dhir


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