Realizing the importance of Environmental Information, the Government of India, in December, 1982, established an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) as a plan programme. The focus of ENVIS since its inception has been on providing environmental information to decision makers, policy planners, scientists and engineers, research workers, etc. all over the country. Since environment is a broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary subject, a comprehensive information system on environment would necessarily involve effective participation of concerned institutions/ organizations in the country that are actively engaged in work relating to different subject areas of environment. ENVIS has, therefore, developed itself with a network of such participating institutions/organizations for the programme to be meaningful.
The Focal Point of the present 76 ENVIS centres in India is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi. This ENVIS Focal Point is acting as a regional service centre to INFOTERRA (International Information System on Environment) set up by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to cater to environmental information needs in the South Asian Region, since 1985. As mentioned earlier, the Centre at the BNHS has been assigned the responsibility of being the focal point for information on ‘Avian Ecology’.
Inauguration of the ENVIS Centre on Avian Ecology and Inland Wetlands, BNHS
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) was selected as an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre for avian ecology and inland wetlands by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India during the year of Sàlim Ali centenary year celebration. Inauguration of the ENVIS Centre was done at BNHS by Mr. N.R. Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests on June 18, 1996. The choice of BNHS for such a centre is understandable, as it has been related in one way or another with studies on ornithology, natural history and conservation and Dr. Sàlim Ali, India’s father of ornithology.
Objectives of the ENVIS Centre on Avian Ecology
- To create a bibliographic database of published literature related to avian ecology study. This calls for accessing information from scientific papers, notes, project reports, theses, books, bulletins and popular publications, internet & other authenticated sources.
- Publish and distribute BUCEROS newsletter on avian ecology to its members.
- To create and upload databases on avian ecology on ENVIS website.
- To reply to queries on the subject area.
ENVIS Team at the BNHS
- Project Coordinator : Dr. Girish Jathar
- Programme Officer : Mr. Pratik Tambe
For More Details, Visit www.bnhsenvis.nic.in