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Central Nodal Agency for Sustainable Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

Central Nodal Agency for Sustainable Tourism mission is to increase the economic, social, and environmental benefits to build a low carbon, inclusive, and resilient tourism sector in India.

Role in programme(s):


In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Central Nodal Agency for Sustainable Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism commits, in a role of a supporting organization, to:
  • Encourage changes in practices of tourism destinations and businesses* by reinforcing capacity building and awareness raising, mainly through:
  1. Sensitization Programs using Information Education and Communication (IEC). These sensitization programmes will be addressed to different destinations and including businesses/associations in collaboration with policy makers. It aims to raise awareness of the importance to transition to a circular economy of plastics where plastics never become waste: first by eliminating all problematic and unnecessary plastics; second by ensuring that the plastics which remain in use are reusable and recyclable or compostable (depending on the infrastructure available), and third by promoting collaboration with suppliers and waste managers to increase recycled content of plastics and recycling rates.
  2. Recognition through Sustainable Tourism Criteria of India (STCI) Certification to tourism businesses such as accommodation units, tour operators, destinations, etc. who follow sustainable practices including efforts to reduce plastic pollution. This is already being implemented and more businesses are being encouraged to get certified.
  3. Travel for LiFE - a Sectoral program of the Ministry of Tourism encourages tourists and tourism businesses to adopt simple actions to reduce single use plastic and to seek alternatives wherever possible in coordination with the state governments. The programme is led by CNA-ST and implementation is managed by the regional offices of the Ministry of Tourism, States and Local Government bodies. It includes awareness campaigns, capacity building programmes, launch of toolkits and standard operating procedures directed towards tourists and tourism business to bring a behavioural change towards responsible consumption and production (SDG 12). The theme of ‘Single Use Plastic’ is one of the major action areas of the Travel For Life Programme.The implementation is monitored by CNA-ST.
  4. Guidelines/Standard Operating Procedures/ Toolkits on Reduction of Plastic Pollution: CNA-ST shall prepare and launch documents that guides various stakeholders to eliminate single use plastic and encourage innovation and reuse models in areas where there is a lack of alternatives and high dependency on plastic (both packaging and non- durable items). A Plastic Charter is planned to be prepared and launched which shall serve as a guiding document including responsibilities of the tourism stakeholders. It may be developed in alignment with the objectives and definitions of GTPI. CNA-ST will also prepare a compendium of best practices based on those tourism services providers who are already creating innovative solutions in elimination, innovation and circulation of plastic.
  5. Capacity Building and Training: Going ahead CNA-ST shall coordinate and conduct capacity building programs focused to build the capacity of the local communities so that communities can come-up with new entrepreneurial opportunities based on the integration of reuse models and promotion of local natural raw material resources as an alternative to Single-use Plastic.
  6. 6. In addition to the above commitments, CNA-ST commits to sharing information on GTPI with tourism industry stakeholders and tourism destinations and will encourage them to join GTPI
*Please note that by tourism destinations and businesses, CNA-ST refers to organizations with which it will partner to implement sustainable tourism in India. It may include accommodation units, tour operators, and destinations certified by STCI, as well as state nodal agencies, local government bodies, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Encourage STCI Destinations to join GTPI by 2028 as following:
  • Five destinations in India under the Swadesh Darshan 2.0 Scheme by the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Organize at lease five awareness raising activities
  • Complete Five Regional Workshops. A proposed target of five more capacity building programs in collaboration with the state tourism departments.
  • Advise and guide affiliated organizations and  businesses  or partners to better manage plastics in their operations through practices, criteria, standards, and/or policies, and support them to implement their commitments to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative by 2028 through:
  • five capacity building/training programs in collaboration with the state tourism departments.
  • 20 professionals i.e. tour operators and accommodation units per training program making a total of 100 professionals (20*5=100).
  • A target of 10 tourism organisations(Accommodation and Tour Operators) certified under STCI.
commit to communicate successes to affiliated organizations and businesses, partners, travellers and key local stakeholders
  • Promoting engagement of organisation through website, social media, newsletters and events
  • Report publicly and annually on progress made towards these targets.