Environment Information System (ENVIS) is central sector scheme of Ministry of Environment & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Government of India since 1982-83. It is a Pan- India network of 67 Hubs/ RPs in State/ UT Governments & in reputed institutions.

Background

In Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh an Environment Information System (ENVIS) Node on the subject area “Water Resource Management” was established in January 2001. Under Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP) by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), GoI and in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

During 2002, the SDNP Node continued to work on the same subject area “Water Resource Management” as ENVIS Node under the World Bank assisted Environment Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project (EMCBTAP). Further, the Ministry set up another EMCBTAP-ENVIS Node ‘State Environment Issues’ in PSCST in December 2002 to work on locale specific issues. Thus, two Nodes on ‘Water Resource Management’ and ‘State Environment Issues’ were operating in Council during 2002-2005. In 2005, the Ministry shifted the Nodes on specific themes to concerned departments. Thus, the Node on “Water Resource Management” operational on PSCST was shifted to the concerned department.

The Node on ‘State Environment Issues’ was further upgraded to ENVIS Centre in January, 2005 on the subject ‘Status of Environment & Related Issues’ by the MoEF, Govt. of India, in the 10th five year plan. The Centre was established on 1st February 2005 and the Website was launched on 15 February 2005 with (Url: www.punenvis.nic.in).

During 2005-2007 was the Punjab ENVIS Centre was identified by the MoEF as one of the 20 selected ENVIS Centers (out of 78 Centers at that time) in India, to work as partners under Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP) in collaboration with Indo-Canadian Environment Fund (ICEF) for two years. Under this collaboration, the Centre was given an additional responsibility to work on the thematic area “Agriculture & Water Harvesting” to strengthen the ENVIS network for Sustainable Development. On the ENVIS Center’s website (www.punenvis.nic.in) a SNDP-ENVIS link was provided and the Centre collected, collated and disseminated the national level information on the assigned subject and uploaded the same on this link.

The Ministry re-launched ENVIS Websites with new uniform template during the year 2012, and the Punjab ENVIS Centre in PSCST also re-launched its new website in the same year highlighting ’Status of Environment & Related Issues’ with (url: www.punenvis.nic.in).

 Under the 12th Five Year Plan, the scope of ENVIS scheme has been expanded and the ENVIS Centres were renamed as ENVIS Hubs (State Centres working on Status of Environment & Related Issues) and Resource Partners (NGOs/ Institutions working on theme specific areas).

ENVIS Hub, Punjab

Punjab ENVIS Hub, a State Centre is working on the theme “Status of Environment & Related Issues”.  The ENVIS serves as a web-enabled repository of comprehensive State Environmental Information with collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination.

          Identify and fill in environmental data gaps and generate data from the field.

          Facilitate public participation in conservation, protection & management of environment.

          Build and maintain a repository of environmental data/information.

          Development and updation of ENVIS Hub Website

          Provide data/information flow to aid environmental appraisals, reports and policy.

          Network with relevant stakeholders.

          Record and disseminate information to stakeholders concerned.

New Initiatives of ENVIS include:

1.    Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)


2.    Grid-based Decision Support System (GRIDSS) by conducting a National Environmental Survey.