About CMS ENVIS Centre

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Environmental information plays a vital role not only in formulating environmental management policies but also in the decision making process aiming at environmental protection and improvement of environment for sustaining good quality of life for the living beings. Hence, management of environment is key component and thus plays an important role in effecting a balance between the demands and resources available for keeping the environmental quality at a satisfactory level. Realizing such need Ministry set up an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1983 as a plan programme as a comprehensive network in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to varying users, which include decision-makers, researchers, academicians, policy planners and research scientists, etc. ENVIS was conceived as a distributed information network with the subject-specific centers to carry out the mandates and to provide the relevant and timely information to all concerned. Further, association of the various State Governments/UTs was also felt necessary in promoting the ENVIS network to cover a wide range of subjects. The subject area for States/UTs ENVIS Centers was the status of environment and related issues. Thus, the network was expanded gradually with the involvement of thematic subject-areas and State Government/UT departments to make it a more comprehensive environmental information network. ENVIS network at present consists of a chain of 69 network partners out of which 40 are on subject-specific and 29 on State/UT related issues. These network partners are called ENVIS Centers and are located in the notable organizations/institutions/State/UT Government Departments/Universities throughout the country. The focal point of ENVIS is located in the Ministry and assists the Environment Information (EI) Division in coordinating the activities of all the ENVIS network partners by making ENVIS a web-enabled comprehensive information system.


In 2000, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) designated CMS an ENVIS Centre to facilitate information dissemination and further the cause of environment awareness and sensitization through media. The CMS Environment team set up a separate space in their campus to house documentary films, spots/ public service messages, info-mercials, quiz programmes, jingles etc. on environmental and wildlife issues. www.cmsenvis.nic.in

The centre monitors, updates and compiles electronic media reports on environment and wildlife programmes. The centre's daily e-newsletter Green Media has a circulation of over 8,000. It also takes out a quarterly newsletter, 'Green Voice' which reaches out to more than 3000 individuals and 500 organizations.

In 2007, the Audio Visual Resource Centre (AVRC) a state-of-the-art archive of documentaries, films and audio spots on environment and development issues was setup. It also archives the master copies of the audio visual resources produced by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India. The centre collects, collates and archives these valuable resources held by dispersed organizations and individuals with an objective to disseminate the materials to connoisseur, TV Channels, concerned organizations, educators, schools, laypersons etc. all over the country. The CMS AVRC computerized catalogue is available online at www.cmsindia.org/cmsavrc. About Parent Organisation CMS

Established in 1991, CMS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to multi-disciplinary research-driven initiatives that enable policy makers to take informed decisions on development and social change to improve quality of life. It has been engaged in Research, Advocacy and Capacity building in Social Development, Environment, Communication, Transparency and Governance issues at local and national policy levels for more than two decades. (www.cmsindia.org)