ENVIS (Environmental Information System)
Environmental information plays a vital role not only in formulating environmental management policies but also in the decision making process aiming at environmental protection and improvement of environment for sustaining good quality of life for the living beings. Hence, management of environment is key component and thus plays an important role in effecting a balance between the demands and resources available for keeping the environmental quality at a satisfactory level. Realizing such need Ministry set up an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1983 as a plan programme as a comprehensive network in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to varying users, which include decision-makers, researchers, academicians, policy planners and research scientists, etc.
Presently the ENVIS network consists of focal point at the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and and assists the Environment Information (EI) Division in coordinating the activities of all the ENVIS network partners by making ENVIS a web-enabled comprehensive information system.
ENVIS network at present consists of a chain of 67 network partners out of which 39 are on subject-specific and 28 on State/UT related issues. These network partners are called ENVIS Centers and are located in the notable organizations/institutions/State/UT Government Departments/Universities throughout the country.
- to build up a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science and Engineering;
- to gear up state-of-the-art technologies of information acquistion, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature; and
- to support and promote research, development and innovation in environmental information technology.
- to provide national environmental information service relevant to present needs and capable of develoment to meet the future needs of the users, originators, processors and disseminators of information;
- to build up storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities with the ultimate objectives of disseminating information speedily to the users;
- to promote, national and international cooperation and liasion for exchange of environment related information;
- to promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilisation capabilities;
- to promote exchange of information amongst developing countries.
Responsibilities of ENVIS Centres:
- building up a good collection of books, reports and journals in the particular subject area of environment;
- establishment of linkages with all information sources in the particular subject area of environment;
- responding to user queries;
- establishment of a data bank on some selected parameters relating to the subject area;
- coordination with the Focal Point for supplying relevant, adequate and timely information to the users;
- helping the Focal Point in gradually up an inventory of information material available at the Centre; identification of information gaps in the specified subject areas and action to fill these gaps;
- bringing out newsletters/publications in their subject area for wide dissemination
For more information click Website: http://www.envis.nic.in
Conservation of Ecological Heritage and Sacred Sites of India
CPREEC ENVIS CENTRE
The ENVIS Centre at CPREEC was established in April 2004 by the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India and assigned the responsibility for being the focal point for the thematic area of Ecological Heritage and Sacred Sites of India.
Core Activities of the ENVIS Centre at CPREEC:
- To collect information on the various aspects of India's ecological traditions.
- To collate all the relevant information on ecological traditions in the form of books, booklets, research papers and article abstracts etc.
- To develop a database on "Ecological Tradition" using selected parameters.
- To provide easy access of all relevant information and data vide our main website (http://www.cpreecenvis.nic.in) which is updated regularly.
- To respond to user queries received vide email, post or telephone.
- To raise awareness among the masses about our ecological traditions.
- To develop a network with all National and International Sources on the subject area.
- Field surveys and research on the various aspects of ecological heritage have been conducted in the city of Chennai and in the rest of the state of Tamilnadu. This is to be extended to the southern states and later to the entire country.
- The Centre disseminates the collected information by organising seminars, workshops & conferences periodically and also with the help of newsletters / publications. This helps in a better understanding and appreciation of India's ancient ecological traditions by the masses.