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About the SEIP Project

Development in India is shaped by an advancing industrialization. The Government of India has a vision to enhance the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product to 25 per cent and to create 100 million jobs over the course of a decade. Currently, there are nearly 3,000 designated industrial zones in India, some of which are very large, such as the industrial corridors, investment regions, and manufacturing zones.

The risks associated with industrial development include increasing pollution levels, overuse of natural resources, and increasing amounts of waste and wastewater, leading to endangerment of ecosystems. 150 river stretches and 43 industrial areas have already been classified as critically polluted by the Central Pollution Control Board way back in 2009. Pollution caused by hazardous substances from industry (such as waste, wastewater, and emissions) and the overuse of natural resources (such as energy, water, and raw materials) put sustainable development at considerable risk.

The Indian government has made a clear commitment to sustainable development and protection of the environment. The State and the society are no longer willing to accept severe pollution resulting from industrial development. The private sector is also getting interested in adopting modern processes for clean and resource-efficient industrial production. Towards this, the “Sustainable & Environment-Friendly Industrial Production” (SEIP) project focuses its activities in selected industrial areas in selected States. The SEIP project is a part of the ongoing Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.

SEIP is a joint project of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) within the framework of the Indo-German technical cooperation and has a focus on urban and industrial environmental management in India. The project works on significant environmental problems of national importance related to waste water and waste management for which technical solutions and business/management models can be showcased with positive results and direct impact on improving the environmental conditions at the selected sites. Further on, the cases can serve as models that can be taken up on much larger scale subsequently. States selected for this project are Uttrakhand, Gujarat and Delhi

Under the Indo German Bilateral Development Cooperation, in the field of environment, GIZ is providing technical cooperation under the project to the identified partner agencies at central, state and local levels, on various identified priority topics. The basis of the project is:

  • ‘Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany concerning Technical Co-operation’ dated 31st December 1971 (where appropriate, as amended or supplemented by the Agreement dated 1st March 1979).
  • The Negotiations on Development Cooperation between the Government of India and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany held in Bonn on 13-14 November 2014.
  • The Technical Cooperation Umbrella Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of India dated 22 June 2015.

Further, the Prime Minister of India and the Federal Chancellor of Germany met in Hannover and Berlin to exchange views on upgrading and further strengthening our Strategic Partnership, and in the Joint Statement signed on April 14, 2015, they stated that they view each other’s development as mutually reinforcing and offering significant opportunities for expanding cooperation between the two countries. It is further stated that the common objective of the two countries is to encourage greater synergies between German engineering, experience in sustainable development, innovation and skills, and the new opportunities available in India and through ‘Make in India’, ‘Clean India’, ‘Digital India’ and other initiatives towards achieving economic growth and sustainable development. In the field of environment, the areas of “water” and “waste” management were identified and it was agreed that the bilateral cooperation will be strengthened through the establishment of two working groups on these two areas. Further, on cleaning of rivers, it was agreed to develop cooperation on Ganga River rejuvenation strategies and on approaches to industrial pollution.

The SEIP Project has duration of 3 years from March 2015 to February 2018. The total budget available for the duration of the project is 5 million EUR. An additional budget of 1.5 million EUR has been committed by the German for augmenting the activities for controlling industrial pollution to River Ganga.