Launch of ENVIS Portal and the National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres
February 17-20, 2016
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 ENVISBulletin 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.