Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Focal Point

Realising the importance of Environmental Information, the Government of India, in December 1982, established an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) as a planned program. The focus of ENVIS since its inception has been on providing environmental information to decision-makers, policy planners, scientists and engineers, research workers, etc. all over the country.


Since the environment is a broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary subject, a comprehensive information system on the 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 the environment. ENVIS has, therefore, developed itself with a network of such participating institutions/organizations for the program 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 a Focal Point in the Ministry of Environment & Forests.


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


ENVIS due to its comprehensive network has been designed as the National Focal Point (NFP) for INFO TERRA, 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 INFO TERRA of UNEP in 1985 for the South Asia Sub-Region countries.



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