Regional Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS (Centres) - Eastern and North-Eastern Region
March 23-24, 2015 at Guwahati, Assam
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Regional Evaluation-cum-Training Workshop (Eastern and North-Eastern Region), 2015

Regional ENVIS WorkshopA 2-day evaluation-cum-training Workshop for ENVIS Centres of Eastern and North-Eastern Region (i.e., those located in the states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) was held at Guwahati, Assam hosted by ENVIS Centre at Assam Science Technology and Environment, Council (ASTEC) during 23rd and 24th March, 2015. Thirty particpants from 13 ENVIS Centres— comprising both thematic and State/UT Centres— attended the Workshop.

The venue of the Workshop was NEDFi Convention Centre, Guwahati. This workshop was organised to evaluate the functioning of the ENVIS Centres as per the Guidelines of the ENVIS Scheme, framed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. In addition to evaluation, an orientation-cum-training programme on Bhuvan Portal (a geo-spatial platform of National Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO) was also conducted by the scientist of NRSC, ISRO, Hyderabad.

Thirty delegates from 13 ENVIS Centres (8 State and 5 thematic) and 4 eminent experts from diverse fields participated in this workshop.

During the inaugural session, knowledge products were also released by Director, ASTEC, Economic Advisor, MoEF&CC and Expert members. Book on “Fly-Ash Status & Utilisation in India” by ISM, Dhanbad while ZSI, Kolkata released two mobile apps Indian postage stamp on faunal biodiversity and Insect identification method created for android smart phones.

Feedback from Experts who were part of the independent committee suggested scope for improvement which is an ongoing process.

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Indian State Level Basic Environmental Information Database

In order to develop the databases on environment and its related parameters and to make it online to the Ministry for to and fro information flow, a web enabled software, namely, Indian State Level Basic Environmental Information Database (ISBEID) was developed by ENVIS in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC). The objective for development of this software is to cover the gap in environmental data dissemination with regard to vast parameters such as air pollution, water pollution, forestry, land resources, flora and fauna, etc. In total there are 17 modules. Initially, the database consisting of 23 modules in various environmental fields was tested on pilot basis by Eight States with 12 modules in two phases. During the two phase of the programme, it was observed that there were some practical problems in collecting the data and filling the database software. After deliberations, it was decided that the existing 23 modules will be revisited and revised in consultation with all the States / UTs ENVIS Centres and to extend the ISBEID project for all the States / UTs.

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State of Environment Reports

During the 10th Plan period, Ministry launched SoER scheme for which 100% central assistance was provided to the States/UTs to prepare their State of Environment Reports. The scheme for preparation of State of Environment Report with the objective of highlighting the upstream and downstream linkages with environmental issues besides creating a baseline document in the form of SoE Report in each State/UTs continued during the 11th Five Year Plan.

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