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Last Updated : 03/12/2018
GEC is now State ENVIS hub

Since 2004, Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has been functioning as one of the ENVIS centres in Gujarat with a mandate to work on the status of environment. From March 27, 2018 the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India has designated GEC-ENVIS centre as ‘ENVIS Hub’. As the ENVIS Hub, GEC would furnish data/research papers and any other information on Status of Environment and Related Issues, pertaining to Gujarat state. The ENVIS Hub would work to attain following objectives of ENVIS scheme:

• To promote, implement and coordinate Green Skill Development Programme
• To implement and coordinate Grid Based Decision Support System
• To participate, implement and coordinate community driven environmentally sustainable village programme as and when intimated
• To build a repository and dissemination centre in environmental science, information and management
• To enable application of modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature
• To support and promote research, development and innovation in ESIM
• To build storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities, with the ultimate objective of disseminating information speedily to the users
• To build a strong statistical base such that ENVIS is recognized as a South Asian Hub for ESIM
• To promote national cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment related information
• To promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance ESIM capabilities

As the ENVIS Hub, GEC would also develop, maintain and continuously update a comprehensive information base that includes descriptive information as well as numerical data, with GIS. Major activities of the ENVIS Hub are as listed below:

• Developing repository of environmental knowledge
• Preparation of State of Environment Report
• State of Environment Atlas
• Grid Based Decision Support System
• Green Skill Development Programme
• Community driven environmentally sustainable villages programme
• Monitoring of various centrally sponsored schemes
• Awareness and outreach programmes