The Goa Foundation is the most well known of Goa’s environmental action groups. Founded in 1986 by a group of Goan environmentalists each flighting his or her own individual environmental battles, the organisation today commands the respect of judiciary, government and the general public for persisting with its environment agenda for more than two decades.
The work of the Foundation spans different areas and fields, all related in some way or another with the conservation of Goa’s natural environment:
Environmental litigation: The Foundation has filed and fought more than 100 Public Interest Litigations in the High Court and the Supreme Court of India on environmental issues. These petitions deal with mining, forests, beaches, pollution from industry, town planning, etc. Details of these petitions and orders can be found under the “PIL” page. Also included on the PIL page is the formidable work on other public interest issues of Adv. Norma Alvares, invariably as Amicus Curiae.
Environment Education: The organization has remained at the forefront of environmental education efforts with its flagship volume, “Fish Curry and Rice”, a periodically updated citizens’ environment report. From time to time, the organization holds public interest law courses for the general public, with a strong emphasis on environmental concerns.
Management of Solid Wastes: The Foundation continues to work on specific environmental problems facing the state of Goa including the management and handling of solid wastes; for these projects it has been supported by the Goa government and earlier, by the UNDP Small Grants Project. Its most recent project in this direction is the removal of plastic litter from the Goan environment.
Statutory Responsibilities: The Foundation’s Director was nominated to the Goa State Coastal Zone Management Authority and to the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes (an all-India responsibility).
Green Goa Works: The Foundation has assisted in the formation of a non-profit company called Green Goa Works, chaired by Wendell Rodricks, Goa’s internationally known fashion designer. The company has been registered under Section 25 of the Company’s Act. It deals only with environmental rehabilitation projects especially those relating to environmental friendly means of disposing of solid wastes and sewage.