Civil Society groups in Goa urge for ‘people’s charter’ for tourism

Published on : Wednesday, October 5, 2016

BRICS ConventionAhead of BRICS summit to be held in Goa on October 15-16, Civil Society groups in the state have stressed the need for ‘people’s charter’ for tourism. Under the banner of People’s Forum for BRICS, a resolution was passed by the NGOs at a day-long seminar to the effect.

Bengaluru-based EQUATIONS and the Centre for Responsible Tourism, Goa, had organised the seminar. The resolution sought a people’s charter that offers a people-based approach to tourism based on justice and equity instead of government’s master-plan.

The resolution was moved in to regulate tourism and arrest the pattern of unstructured and unhindered growth of tourism. Goa’s carrying capacity has its limitations, we must operate with an eye on the future generations, said the resolution.

PTI (Press Trust of India) quoted Centre for Responsible Tourism president Fr Maverick Fernandes as saying that the government has a bounden duty to protect the livelihood of the coastal communities as they were forced to sacrifice their sustainable traditional occupations to enable the promotion of tourism.

In line with the concept of sustainable development, the resolution insisted on the implementation of ‘Pollution Pays Principle’ in the context of corporations in tourism, making the polluter liable to pay compensation to those affected.

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