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The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) was constituted by the Government of Gujarat constituted in 1974 as per the provisions under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Subsequently, GPCB has been entrusted with several functions under various Central Acts and Rules for protection of environment and pollution control in the state of Gujarat. GPCB’s function is to enforce the provisions of various Acts, Rules and Directives issued by the Authorities from time to time, including the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974,  the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981,  the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989 etc.

 

The GPCB Head Office performs activities concerning general polices and enforcement of various provisions of the Acts as well as general administration and co-ordination with other agencies. The Central Laboratory at Gandhinagar provides facilities for analysis of samples collected by some of the Regional Offices of GPCB besides being involved in development of methods for analysis of water, wastewater, gases and hazardous waste samples. The Central Laboratory is being equipped to take up R&D Programmes for developing methods of treatment of liquid and gaseous effluents. The important functions being performed by the Central Laboratory and Regional Offices include monitoring of water and air quality, effluent sampling and analysis, inspection in respect of performance of effluent treatment plants and air pollution control equipment, inspection of sites proposed for establishment of industrial projects to check the suitability of the same from the environmental point of view, guidance to the industry and other agencies, co-ordination with local bodies and industries implementation of various projects such as coastal survey, river basin studies, GEMS and MINARS projects to check the quality of water resources, AAQM project to check ambient air quality, providing support to the Head Office in the matters relating to the finalization of NOC Consent applications and in the investigations of complaints etc.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. With a global footprint in over 130 countries, GIZ leverages its regional and technical expertise for local innovation. GIZ India has a team of over 300 staff. To address India's need for sustainable and inclusive growth, in partnership with stakeholders, GIZ’s key focal areas are:

Energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency), Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissionsEnvironment (sustainable urban and industrial development, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, biodiversity)Sustainable economic development (rural finance, social security systems, small and medium enterprises)Skill development

The Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme focuses on pilot measures and policy decisions of national level relevance for the enhancement of resource efficiency, reduction of environmental stress, improved service delivery in urban infrastructure services and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. The programme aims at responding to some key challenges identified in the policy framework of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The overall objective of IGEP is that the decision makers at national, state and local level use innovative solutions for the improvement of urban and industrial environmental management and for the development of an environment and climate policy that targets inclusive economic growth de-coupled from resource consumption.

The Umweltbundesamt (UBA) was founded in 1974 and is Germany’s central federal authority on environmental matters under the supervision of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Its key statutory mandates are,

  •  to provide scientific support to the Federal Government (e.g. the Federal Ministries for Environment; Health; Research; Transport, Building and Urban Affairs);
  • Implementation of environmental laws (e.g. emissions trading, authorisation of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and plant protection agents), and
  • Information to the public about environmental protection.

The German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA) has joint declaration of intent with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for promotion of Best Available Techniques [BAT] not entailing excessive cost.

GCPC is an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre working on Cleaner Production and Technology under “Chemicals, Wastes and Technology”. GCPC aims to spread cleaner production (CP) information by conducting awareness and training programmes. It also has a vast library dedicated to CP consisting of Training Manuals and sector specific case studies. It issues quarterly magazine on CP/CT. GCPC has been the local partner at the state of Gujarat in executing various activities under IGEP programme of GIZ.