Realizing the importance of Environmental Information, the Government of India in December 1982, established an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) as a plan programme. A large number of nodes, known as ENVIS Centres, have been established in the network to cover the broad subject areas of environment with a Focal Point in the Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), Government of India, New Delhi.

Thematic Area:

The focus of,ENVIS since inception has been on providing environmental information to decision makers, policy planners, scientists and engineers, research workers, etc across the country. Since environment is a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary subject, a comprehensive information system on environment would necessarily involve effective participation of concerned institutions/organisations 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/organisations for the programme to be meaningful.

Annual Activities:

The ENVIS Centre is publishing quarterly Newsletters and circulating e-bulletin to its members. The Centre has developed a website on "Eco-labelling and Promotion of Eco-friendly Products" (URL: http://cercenvis.nic.in/). All the ENVIS publications, all the information on eco products and eco labelling schemes are available on the website. Public can ask questions and get answers through the website. Other important attractions of the site are national and international scenario of eco-labelling schemes, eco-friendly zone, eco news and development, kids’ corner, news on organic food, upcoming events, database, etc.


1. To create a database on eco products and eco labelling schemes by collecting data from Government agencies, R&D Centres, Universities, NGOs and other reliable sources

2. To adopt modern technologies of information acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination by creating an exclusive website with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users

3. To promote national and international cooperation and liaison for exchange of related data and information


1. ENVIS Coordinator

2. Programme Officer

3. Information Officer

4. IT Officer