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