ENVIS Centre on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development

Hosted by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India

Sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

About ENVIS
 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has implemented a Central Sector Scheme entitled Environmental Information System (ENVIS), with the purposes of collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information relating to a variety of themes associated with Environment Sector. ENVIS was set up as a Central Scheme in December 1982 (Sixth Plan). ENVIS is a decentralized system, a web-based distributed network of subject-specific databases. Its purpose is to integrate country-wide efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to all concerned. ENVIS, by providing scientific, technical and semi-technical information on various environmental issues, serves as the backbone of policy formulation and environment management at all levels of Government as well as decision-making aimed at environmental protection and its improvement for sustaining good quality of life of all living beings. Its major users also include institutes and individual scientists carrying out research projects and agencies carrying out environmental impact assessment of projects as well as public.

ENVIS is continuously producing value-added information products relating to Environment, Forest, Wildlife and Climate Change. This includes theme based newsletters, special publications, e-newsletters, thematic bulletins, technical reports, Discussion Forum, mobile apps, directories of information at State/regional/ National level, Bibliography, information products developed on parks and sanctuary, desertification maps, flora and fauna species distribution maps. All these information are readily available on ENVIS websites which are dedicated to different interesting themes. The network presently consists of 69 Centres , of which 29 Centres which deal with “State of the Environment and Related Issues” are hosted by the Environment/ Forest Department of State Governments/ UT Administrations. Remaining 40 Centres, hosted by environment-related governmental and non-governmental organisations/ institutes of professional excellence, have a thematic mandate. During the year 2015-16, the ENVIS Centres put together, witnessed over one crore forty lakhs hits and it is growing.

 

Objectives of the Scheme
 

Long-term objectives:

  • To build up a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science and Engineering.
  • To enable application of modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature.
  • To support and promote research, development and innovation in environmental information technology

Short-term objectives:
  • To provide national environmental information services relevant to present needs and those capable of development to meet future needs of users, originators, processors and disseminators.
  • To build up storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities, with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users.
  • To promote national and international cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment related information.
  • To promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilising capabilities.
  • To promote exchange of information amongst developing countries.

 

ENVIS Centres
 

The ENVIS Centres form an integral part of the ENVIS network and deal either with “State of the Environment and Related Issues” of a particular State/UT (generally called State/UT Centre) or have a specific environment-related subject/theme mandate (generally called Thematic Centre). The State/UT Centres are hosted by the Environment/ Forest Department of State Governments/ UT Administrations or an attached/ autonomous body and the Thematic Centres by environment-related governmental or non-governmental organisations/ institutes of professional excellence. The role of an ENVIS Centre is to act as a single-window information provider on various areas related to environment as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed by the Host entity with the Ministry. Each Centre is a part of a country-wide web-enabled network on which environment-related information collated and updated by each Centre is made publicly available on a single e-platform. The Centres are tasked with performance of environmental information-related activities on an annual basis. These broadly cover database development that include descriptive information and numerical data, creating information products, maintaining and upgrading ENVIS website on NIC platform, and disseminating stored information through newsletters, reports, reprints, special thematic publications, news digests, abstracting services, etc. Query-Answer Service is another major responsibility of ENVIS Network. Wherever information is not readily available, ‘Referral Service’ is to be provided.


For more information on ENVIS and its various Centres and Nodes visit http://envis.nic.in

Divisional Head

Dr. Anandi Subramanian

Senior Economic Advisor

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change

Government of India

Agni wing-424, 4th Floor

Indira Paryavaran Bhawan,

Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi - 110 003(India)

Email: sradv-mef@gov.in

  

Economic Advisor

SHRI YASHVIR SINGH

Senior Economic Advisor

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change

Government of India

Agni wing-650, 6th Floor

Indira Paryavaran Bhawan,

Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi - 110 003(India)

Email: yashvir@gov.in

  

ENVIS Focal Point
ENVIS Secretariat
Vayu Wing-607, 6th Floor,
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan
Jor Bagh Road, Aliganj,
New Delhi 110 003(India)
Email - envisect@nic.in

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