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IAS Current Affairs: Environment Minister launches ENVIS portal

IAS Current Affairs: February 19, 2016 
 
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TOPIC: Environment Minister launches ENVIS portal

The Union Environment minister recently launched the Environment Information System (ENVIS) portal.
 
Details:
 
Going in line with the Digital India Initiative, Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Portal seeks to improve the digital literacy in the environment sector and deliver services digitally all over the country.
 
The digitization of valuable data will serve as a rich repository of information on various aspects of enviroment in future.
 
What is ENVIS?
 
Environmental Information System (ENVIS) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Environment Ministry, in place since 1982.
 
Objective:
 
The purpose of the scheme is to integrate country-wide efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination through ENVIS websites, which are dedicated to different interesting themes.
 
There is a need to make ENVIS more relevant by providing an analytical database to enable and assist well-informed decision making.
 
The Environment Ministry wants to create a vibrant network and associate all research organisations, institutions and NGOs working in the field of environment
 
Network:
 
At the moment, the network consists of 69 Centres, of which 29 are hosted by the environment/forest department of State governments/UT Administrations and deal with “State of the environment and related issues”, while 40 Centres are being hosted by environment-related governmental and non-governmental organisations/institutes of professional excellence and have a thematic mandate.
 
It will consider their continuance based on their performance and also provide them the necessary guidance and training in performing their activities to meet the objectives of the ENVIS scheme
 
 
Major Users:
 
ENVIS is majorly used by Central and State Governments, institutes and individual scientists, researchers, students and agencies carrying out environmental impact assessment of projects, as well as public.
 
Sources: pib
 

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