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    Objectives & Functions

    Objectives

    The major objectives of the ENVIS Hub are:

    • Long-term objectives:
      • To build up a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science and Engineering.
      • To enable application of modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature.
      • To support and promote research, development and innovation in environmental information technology.
    • Short-term objectives:
      • To provide national environmental information services relevant to present needs and those capable of development to meet future needs of users, originators, processors and disseminators.
      • To build up storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities, with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users.
      • To promote national and international cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment related information.
      • To promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilising capabilities
      • To promote exchange of information amongst developing countries.

    Function

    The major Functions of the ENVIS Hub are:

    • Promote, implement and coordinate Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP), an initiative to skill youth in environment, forest and wildlife sectors and enabling them to be gainfully employed or self-employed.
    • To implement and coordinate National Environment Survey(NES) — a Gridbased Resource Information and Decision Support System(GRIDSS) for sustainable management of natural resources. The survey would be conducted at the district level to fill in data gaps in respect of various environmental parameters such as emission inventory and pollution; forest and wildlife(flora and fauna); wetlands; rivers and other water bodies; public health etc.
    • To implement and coordinate Community-driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP) with the objective of mobilizing communities on environmental issues, creating decentralized models of development to empower local communities and build an awareness driven atmosphere in villages to adopt environmentally sustainable practices at community level.
    • To build a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science Information and Management (ESIM).
    • To enable application of modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature.
    • To support and promote research, development and innovation in ESIM.
    • To build storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities, with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users.
    • To build a strong statistical base such that ENVIS is recognised as a South Asian Hub for ESIM.
    • To promote national cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment related information.
    • To promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance ESIM capabilities.
    • Periodic convening of the meeting of Steering Committee to review the functioning of the Scheme.
    • Review and approval of Annual Plan of activities of each of 67 ENVIS Hubs/RPs across the country, set up for providing scientific, technical and semi-technical information on various environmental issues.
    • Coordination of all activities and monitoring and overseeing the functioning of the ENVIS Hubs/RPs through the ENVIS Focal Point located in El Division
    • Auditing and upgrading of websites of each of the ENVIS Hubs/RPs ” maintained on National Information Centre (NIC) Portal.
    • Updation and maintenance of an ENVIS Portal connecting all ENVIS Hubs/RPs.
    • Coordination of and conducting annual performance review of each ENVIS Hub/RP independently and also through a National Evaluation Committees of Experts on both thematic issues and Status of Environment and Related Issues.
    • Updation and maintenance of India State-Level Basic Environmental Information Database (ISBEID) to collect, compile and disseminate State/UTs environmental information in 17 modules and 49 sub modules covering 337 parameters at the state/district level on a centralized server.
    • All financial matters relating to the scheme and programmes handled the Division.