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 India in 1982. 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 subject-area centres seeking to support integration of national efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination. It is basically a clearing house mechanism providing pointers to distributed environmental information for decision-makers, policy planners, scientists, engineers and researchers etc.