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| Last Updated:: 19/07/2014


 Q. What does ENVIS stands for?
 Ans: Environmental Information System.
 Q.What are the main objectives of ENVIS ?
 Ans: The main objectives of Envis
Main objective of the centre was adopted from the ENVIS : India accordingly local context  as drafted below
i.  Long-term objectives:
  • to build up a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science and Engineering;
  • to gear up the modern technologies of acquisition, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information of environmental nature; and
  •  to support and promote research, development and innovation in environmental information technology.
ii. Short-term objectives :
  • to provide state environmental information service relevant to present needs and capable of development to meet the future needs of the users, originators, processors and disseminators of information;
  •  to build up storage, retrieval and dissemination capabilities with the ultimate objectives of disseminating information speedily to the users;
  • to promote, state, national and international cooperation and liaison for exchange of environment related information;
  • to promote, support and assist education and personnel training programmes designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilization capacities;
  • to promote exchange of information amongs developing countries
iii. Unlimited Objective of the Centre:  
  • Management of environmental Information System on State issues and development of State of Environment Report.
 Q. What is the Environment Profile of Manipur?
 Ans:The Environment Profile of Manipur
Manipur state situated on the North Eastern border between India and Myanmar. The state has total geographical area of 22,327 Sq. Km. of which 90% are hilly regions. As against this physical feature of the area, 61.45 per cent of the total population (2001) is in the valley while 38.45 percent in the hill districts. Manipur has an international boundary of about 352 kms. long stretch of land with Myanmar in the east. The altitude of the state about the mean sea level varies from 790 meters to 2020 meters & the valley in the middle is as gradually sloping from north to south.
Some of the Basic Environmental Information of Manipur
23.830 – 25.680 N Latitude and 93.030 – 94.780 Longitude 93.030 – 94.780 Longitude
West : Assam, East : Myanmar (Burma), South : Mizoram, North : Nagaland 
 Total Geographical Area
22,327 sq. km.
Revenue District
9 Districts (5 Hill Districts & 4 Valley Districts)
37 (thirty seven) Nos.
31 Nos
Hill District Council
(six) Autonomous Council
Gram Panchayats
166 (one hundred sixty six)
Community/TD Blocks
31 (thirty one)
Mean Annual Precipitation
1200 – 1350 mm (sometimes 2000 – 2400 mm in the western part)
Mean Annual temperature
19 – 200 C as mean (0 – 120 C during winter & 28 – 380 C during summer)
Total Population
Decadal Growth Rate
Urban Population
% of Urban Population 
State Land use pattern (in %)
Water Body
Scrub Land

Note: * Provisional Population, TD = Tribal Development
 Q. What are the activities of ENVIS Centre, Manipur?
 Ans:The activities of ENVIS Centre, Manipur :
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 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 works 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.

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, Government of India.

Both the Focal Point as well as the ENVIS centres have been assigned various responsibilities to achieve the Long-term & Short-term objectives.

For this purpose, various services has been introduced by the Focal Point.ENVIS due to its comprehensive network has been designed as the National Focal Point (NFP) for INFOTERRA, a global environmental information network of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In order to strengthen the information activities of the NFP, ENVIS was designated as the Regional Service Centre (RSC) of INFOTERRA of UNEP in 1985 for the South Asia Sub-Region countries.

ENVIS is a decentralized system with a network of distributed subject oriented Centres ensuring integration of national efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to all concerned. Presently the ENVIS network consists of Focal Point at the Ministry of Environment and Forest and ENVIS Centres setup in different organisations/establishments in the country in selected areas of environment.

These Centres have been set up in the areas of pollution control, toxic chemicals, central and offshore ecology, environmentally sound and appropriate technology,bio-  degradation of wastes and environment management, etc.

ENVIS focal point ensures integration of national efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to all concerned.