Highlight of Goa’s Sustainable ‘Road to 2030′

A progressive dialogue amongst acclaimed professionals from the state took place in a workshop hosted by Goa University titled, ‘Road to 2030: Eradicate poverty by sustainable production and consumption.

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Youth Development organized the workshop under the ministry of youth affairs. Attendance by over 200 postgraduate students, research scholars, faculty and staff was recorded.

TERI: Goa’s Water Requirements 2030

Ashwini Pai Panadiker from TERI (The Energy Research of India) provided alternative actions that can reduce goa’s water requirements by 2030. Goa’s requirement is likely to be 1,382 million cubic meters (MCM) by 2030 94 MCM less than the supply.

TERI’s data under the business-as-usual scenario projected the water demand of 1,382 MCM by different economic sectors such as industry, mining, tourism and agriculture was likely to be higher, as the construction sector has not been included.

Ashwini Pai Panandiker said that a lack of authentic data on water consumption by the construction sector has rendered the requirement projections for 2030 inaccurate. She added that the total requirement of water could be higher and the deficit more, too.

Sustainably Production and Consumption

Miguel Braganza from Don Bosco College of Agriculture, during two panel discussions, said that jackfruit is the fruit of the future for sustainable production and consumption.

Speaking on the subject of ‘Gender and sustainable energy’, Sabina Martins of Bailancho Saad stated that women are the primary consumers of energy at home and in the informal food microenterprise. She said, “Access to affordable electricity and gas empowers women to fight poverty.”

Students and scholars were urged to follow green principles while conducting research during the course of the workshop by former dean of natural sciences at GU, professor Julio Fernandes.