About ENVIS

Background

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 the importance of Environmental Information the Government of India, in December, 1982, established an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) as a plan programme, focus of which is to collect, collate, store, retrieve and disseminate all information to varying users, including decision-makers, researchers, academicians, policy planners and research scientists, etc.

ENVIS Centers

Since environment is a broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary subject, a comprehensive information system on environment would necessarily involve effective participation of concerned institutions/ organizations in the country that are actively engaged in work relating to different subject areas of environment. ENVIS has, therefore, developed itself with a network of such participating institutions/organizations for the programme to be meaningful.

ENVIS network at present consists of a chain of 69 network partners out of which 40 are on subject-specific and 29 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.

All ENVIS Centres

ENVIS Focal Point

The focal point of ENVIS is located in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change. It 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.

Divisional Head

Dr. ANANDI SUBRAMANIAN
Senior Advisor
Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change
Government of India
Agni Wing, 6th Floor
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan
Jor Bagh Road, Aliganj
New Delhi 110 003(India)
Email: sradv-mef@gov.in

Focal point

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

For more details visit official ENVIS website :www.envis.nic.in

ENVIS-IITM Centre

ENVIS centre on thematic area "Acid Rain and Atmospheric Pollution" was established at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, in the year 2002-03. The mandate of ENVIS-IITM centre is to collect, compile and disseminate data on “Acid rain and Atmospheric Pollution” which will be of immense use to several research organizations and other stakeholders. The centre has a robust Data Repository consisting of statistical data on acid rain, climate change, atmospheric pollutants and their sources, emission norms and emission standards, metrological parameters, agricultural data and other vital information. Apart from the statistical data set center collects the detailed scientific information, details of extreme pollution events, news articles, abstracts published in research papers etc. and made it available online at a single platform.

For more details on host institution visit www.tropmet.res.in

Objectives

Long-Term Objectives

  • to build up a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science and Engineering;
  • to gear up state-of-the-art technologies of information acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature; and
  • to support and promote research, development and innovation in environmental information technology.

Short-Term Objectives

  • to provide national environmental information service relevant to present needs and capable of development 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 liaison for exchange of environment related information;
  • to promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilization capabilities;
  • to promote exchange of information amongst developing countries.