Supporting Strategic Decision­Making on Climate Change Through Environmental Information Systems: The Case of ENVIS

Author and Institution: 
Ushakiran Madari, Sustainability Consultant

The key requirement for strategic decision­making is good information and, with this objective, the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) was set up in 1982 in India. It was significantly
strengthened in 2002 through stronger institutional networks and updated ICTs with the support of the World Bank’s Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project (EMCBTAP).

ENVIS is a network of distributed subject­area centres seeking to support integration of national efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination. It is basically a clearinghouse mechanism providing pointers to distributed environmental information for decision makers, policy planners, scientists and engineers, researchers, etc.