Envis

ENVIS -NIHESW

The Environmental Information System acronymed as ENVIS was implemented as a plan programme by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in December, 1982. The focus of ENVIS since inception has been on retrieving, storing and disseminating environmental information to decision makers, policy planners, scientists and environmentalists, researchers, academicians, stakeholders etc all over the country.

Environment is a broad-ranging, multidisciplinary subject, and a comprehensive information system on environment would necessarily involve effective participation of concerned institutions/organizations that are actively engaged in works relating to different subject areas of the environment.

ENVIS has, therefore, developed itself with a network of such participating institutions/organizations for the programme to be meaningful. A large number of nodes, known as ENVIS centres, have been established in the network to cover the broad subject areas of the environment with the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India as the focal point.

  Both the Focal Point as well as the ENVIS centres have been assigned responsibilities to achieve the Long-term & Short-term objectives. For this purpose, various services have been introduced by the Focal Point.

  ENVIS due to its comprehensive network has been designed as the National Focal Point (NFP) for INFOTERRA, a global environmental information network of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In order to strengthen the information activities of the NFP, ENVIS was designated as the Regional Service Centre (RSC) of INFOTERRA of UNEP in 1985 for the South Asia Sub-Region countries. ENVIS today is a decentralized system of nationwide network consisting of 25 ENVIS Centres and 85 ENVIS Nodes and NIHESW is one of them as a centre.

Pertinent to this scheme, a subordinate data compilation, i.e., ISBEID has been formulated by the MoEF&CC together with National Informatics Centre (NIC) New Delhi which attributes to 17 Environment Modules.

ENVIS node NIHESW Kohima was inducted by the MoEF&CC in April 2003. The activities of ENVIS centre is being carried out within the capacity of activities prescribed by the MoEF&CC and to a certain extent by NIHESW. Feeding of datas in the ISBEID website with the available datas on a regular basis is an ongoing activity and updation of the Nagaland ENVIS (www.nagenvis.nic.in) is also carried out on a regular basis. ENVIS Centre maintains strong networking partners with the concerned departments of the state Government who are basically working on Ecology & Environment. The Centre conducts trainings/seminars and exposures and also brings out newsletters biannually. News paper clippings on Environment & Health issues are being maintained regularly and this serves as a data bank for ENVIS newsletter and ISBEID activity.

The ENVIS Centre has also actively participated in various Regional and National Workshops that has been organized by the MoEF&CC which are listed below.

  • 1st National Workshop of ENVIS Centres and Nodes, 25th – 28th June, 2004 at Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun.

  • Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, 3rd – 5th February, 2005 at New Delhi.

  • Vision Interface Workshop, 6th – 7th May, 2005 at Kolkata.

  • Training programme on Integrated Micro Planning for Development of Tribal Communities for the Functionaries of Voluntary Organisations, 11th – 15th December, 2006 at Guwahati.

  • One day user workshop on ISBEID, 4th September, 2008 at Gangtok, Sikkim.

  • National Evaluation Workshop of ENVIS Centres, 5th – 6th April, 2010 at Gangtok, Sikkim.

  • ISBEID Module Workshop, 7th – 8th June 2010 at EPTRI, Hyderabad.

  • Workshop on Restructuring and Security Audit of ENVIS Network Website, 4th – 5th May, 2011 at New Delhi.

  • Workshop on Restructuring and Security Audit of ENVIS Network Website, May 4th – 5th 2011 at New Delhi.

  • Workshop on ISBEID, 12th – 13th May, 2011 at New Delhi.

  • National Interaction-Cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres, 29th – 30th August, 2012 at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

  • National User-Interaction Workshop on ISBEID & ENVIS Website Restructuring, 18th – 19th February, 2013 at New Delhi.

  • National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres, 28th – 30th March, 2014 at Gangtok, Sikkim.

  • Regional Evaluation & Training Workshop (Eastern and North-Eastern) ENVIS Scheme, 23rd – 24th March, 2015 at Guwahati, Assam.

The Centre also observes important environment related days viz., National Science Day (February 28) Observation of World Environment Day (June 5) by organizing Panel Discussion/Talk Show at Doordarshan Kendra, Kohima (DDK), World Earth Day (April 22), World Habitat Day (October 1), World Ozone Day (September 16), World Biodiversity Day (May 22) etc. The Centre has plans to create awareness on environment and health issues by organizing school/college level literary competitions, workshops, and social welfare activities. Emphasis will be laid on systematic documentation of original research papers/articles for the upliftment of the ENVIS Centre.

Photo: National Interaction-Cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres, 29th – 30th August, 2012 at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Photo: National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres, 28th – 30th March, 2014 at Gangtok, Sikkim.

Photo: Regional Evaluation & Training Workshop (Eastern & North-Eastern) ENVIS Scheme, 23rd – 24th March, 2015 at Guwahati, Assam.