(Environmental Information System) has started implementing the World
Bank assisted Environment Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance
Project (EMCBTAP) since January, 2002 which aims at structuring the ENVIS
scheme by extending its reach through involvement of Institutions/Organizations
in State Governments, academia sector, corporate sector, NGO sector, etc.
The project also aims at broadening the ambit of ENVIS to include varying
subject areas, themes, local conditions, issues, information/data needs
of the country pertaining to environment and planned to be achieved through
enlargement of participatory Organizations/Institutions, called EMCB-Nodes
in various sectors and through introduction of modern means of Information
and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
strengthen ENVIS in disseminating information pertaining to environment
and sustainable development, ENVIS India is in the process of establishing
Eighty Five ENVIS Nodes by involving Organizations, institutions, Universities
and Government departments working in diverse areas of environment.
ENVIS India has already established Eighty One partner nodes, which include
Thirty government departments, Thirty Six Institutions and Fifteen NGOs.
These nodes are supposed to create websites on specific environment related
Focal Point as well as the ENVIS Centres have been assigned various responsibilities.
The broad responsibilities of the Focal Point and ENVIS Centres are as
Focal Point :
coordination of ENVIS network;
of ENVIS Centres in specialised areas, their location in selected institutes/organisations
and their linkage with the Focal Point;
guidlines and uniform desiging procedures for ENVIS Centres;
storage, retrieval and dissemination of information on areas in which
ENVIS Centres have not been established and in some general areas of
environment like environmental research, environmental policy and management,
environmental legislation, environmental impact assessment, etc.;
to user queries directly or through the ENVIS Centres;
of Data Bank containing data on some selected parameters, and computerisation
in important application areas of environment;
of data gaps and knowledge gaps in specified subject areas and action
to fill these gaps;
with relevant International Information Systems and other national information
of a quarterly abstracting journal Paryavaran Abstracts;
out various other publications on current awareness services;
training and seminars;
and rewiewing of ENVIS; and
the Scientific Advisory Committee of ENVIS with inputs and rendering
other secretarial help.
of ENVIS Centres :
up a good collection of books, reports and journals in the particular
subject area of environment;
of linkages with all information sources in the particular subject area
to user queries;
of a data bank on some selected parameters relating to the subject area;
with the Focal Point for supplying relevant, adequate and timely information
to the users;
the Focal Point in gradually up an inventory of information material
available at the Centre; identification of information gaps in the specified
subject areas and action to fill these gaps;
out newsletters/publications in their subject area for wide dissemination.
objectives of EMCB-ENVIS are as follows:
of Website on Environment with regional language interface.
compilation of News Items on Environment
of information / data gaps in the specified subject areas and action
taken to fill these gaps.
creation on Environment to be put on website.
of news items for ENVIS newsletter on monthly basis.
establish and operate a distributed clearing house to answer and channel
queries related to the allocated subject.
establish linkages with information users, carriers and providers from
among government, academia, business and Non Governmental Organisations
including that with ENVIS .
activities of EMCB-ENVIS Node
TSPCB is the ENVIS NODE for Tripura State
have linkages with information sources in the country and abroad for
increasing the information contents.
supply information on the queries referred to it, to ENVIS - Capacity
Enhancement Programme . Central Government, Departments and Organisations,
State Government Departments and Organisations, Scientific Institutions
and Research Scientists in the country in the form of copies of published
reports, documents, abstracts and research papers.
help ENVIS - Capacity Enhancement Programme in gradually building up
an inventory of information material. The Node would also supply information
to ENVIS - Capacity Enhancement Programme as required from time to time
for the overall functioning and improvement of ENVIS.
establish a data bank containing data on selected parameters and its
assigned subject area.
identify data gaps and knowledge gaps in their subject area and take
action to fill these gaps.
develop website and linkages with the existing ENVIS Centre and ENVIS
- Capacity Enhancement Programme.
collect reports and journals etc. in its subject area for developing
the requisite database.
bring out various other publications on current awareness services;