The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India held three days National Interaction cum Evaluation Workshop of ENVIS Centres during February 17th to 19th February, 2016 at Banquet Hall, Hotel The Ashok, New Delhi.The workshop was organized in collaboration with ENVIS Centre, WWF-India. More than 160 senior representatives from various national institutions and various State Government departments participated in the interaction cum evaluation process for further strengthening of ENVIS in the Country.
It was organized to evaluate the functioning of the ENVIS Centres as per the Guidelines of the ENVIS Scheme, framed by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. The contents of the respective ENVIS centre’s website were evaluated by an Expert Committee “online” during a stated time slot is around 40 minutes. The concluding sessions of the workshop were addressed by Mr. Abhay Kumar, Deputy Economic Adviser, MoEF&CC.
Launch of ENVIS Portal and Inauguration of National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop.
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the Environment Information System (ENVIS) portal at the Inaugural function of the National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres at The Ashok, New Delhi on 17th February, 2016. Speaking after launching the ENVIS Portal, the Minister said that the government’s endeavour has been to take care of nature and ensure sustainable development. The Minister said that the challenge before ENVIS is to find out new ways to reach out to people and how to popularise science and sustainable practices. Shri Javadekar emphasised the need to continuously upgrade each ENVIS centre.
The Minister also distributed the award of the best State ENVIS centre to Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Sikkim and the award for the best Thematic ENVIS Centre to Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Shri Javadekar also released knowledge products of ENVIS Centres including – an ENVIS Bulletin on ‘Ecology and Management of Grassland Habitats in India’ by WII ENVIS Centre, a book on ‘State at a Glance: Jammu & Kashmir’ Vol (1) 3, 2015 by GB Pant ENVIS Centre, a book on ‘Ecological Traditions of India - Gujarat - Vol. XI’ by CPREEC ENVIS Centre and a Compendium on "Environment in the Indian Parliament: 2011-2015" (CD format) by WWF ENVIS Centre. The Minister also released mobile applications, including an ENVIS App (2.2 Version) on medicinal plants by neighbourhood App (0.4.0 version) on common medicinal plants of Bengaluru City by FRLHT ENVIS Centre, economic algal material, important fungi and their applications, important bacteria and their applications - Android App by ENVIS Centre, Kalyani University.
Dr. Namita Mathur, ENVIS Coordinator, Mr. Gaurav Solanki, Programme Officer and Mr. Vikee Kumar, Information Officer from SulabhENVIS Centre attended the National Interaction cum Evaluation Workshop.