The Environmental Information, Awareness, Capacity Building and Livelihood Programme (EIACP) earlier known as Environmental Information System (ENVIS) came into existence as a plan programme in 1983, funded by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC). The EIACP uses a network of decentralized framework endowed with the agenda of integrating countrywide efforts towards environmental conservation and management. It serves as a one-stop platform for dissemination of environmental information, informed policy formulation on various facets of environment and facilitation of alternate livelihoods through green skilling. It involves a recalibrated approach towards charting out a pathway for MoEF&CC to establish the quintessential social connect in order to enhance impact on the ground level.
EIACP is a comprehensive network of environmental information centres located, across the country for environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to different users. The EIACP network was expanded gradually with the involvement of thematic subject areas, and the Programme Centre at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (hereinafter called the “PC-RP”) on assigned subject area on : “Geodiversity and Impact on Environment” hosted by School of Environmental Sciences (SES), JNU.
- • Geology & Geomorphology (Delhi NCR and Surroundings)
- • Climate (Temperature/Rainfall, Relative Humidity/Wind pattern/Air Quality etc.)
- • Hydrogeology (Groundwater, Surfacewater & Geochemistry)
- • Topography, Soil and Land Use Pattern (Land Use Land Cover & Change detection)
- • Disaster (Indian Himalayan Region, Indo-Gangatic Plain and Various Parts of India)
- • Sensitive Area (Protected area, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves etc.)
- • Pollution (Air, Water, Noise, soil, and Industrial)
- • Flora and Fauna (Endangered, Vulnerable, Rare, Medicinal etc.)
❖ The major activities of JNU EIACP PC-RP on “Geodiversity and Impact on Environment” are: https://jnuenvis.nic.in//index.html
1. Repository of Environmental Knowledge - To collect information pertaining to thematic areas, maintain and update the subject-specific database, produce value-added information such as educational-kits on various themes; mobile apps, e-Books, environmental videos; research papers/publications, abstract and journals, research in the form of working papers/ reports, case studies, thematic and GIS maps, success stories, etc. The information thus collected would be disseminated act as Digital Resource Centre (DRC).
2. Capacity Building Programs - To conduct capacity building initiatives in environment and thematic areas identified by MoEFC&CC. Also to develop the modules of capacity building courses as per direction of the MoEF&CC.
3. Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) - To promote, implement. Coordinate and monitor GSDP. To conduct GSDP training/ short term courses from time to time as per requirement and GSDP formulate training modules. For more details on conducted 3 GSDP training courses by JNU EIACP click here: https://jnuenvis.nic.in//JNUENVISGSDP/index.html
4. Outreach Programs - To create calendar of activities for major and important environmental days and organize activities, competitions etc. Also to organize mass awareness campaigns including events such as lecture series, workshops, panel discussions etc. on the assigned themes.
5. Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) - Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP26, in Glasgow, on 1st November, 2021. It aims to nudge individuals and communities to practice a lifestyle that is synchronous with nature and does not harm it. Those who practice such a lifestyle are recognised as Pro Planet People (3P). As a global programme, Mission LiFE envisions three core shifts or phase in our collective approach towards sustainability; 1. Change in Demand. 2. Change in Supply. 3. Change in Policy. In 2022-23, Mission LiFE will focus on Phase I, Change in Demand, by encouraging individuals, communities and institutions to practice simple environment-friendly actions (LiFE actions) in their daily lives.
In line with Mission LiFE, under MoEF&CC, JNU-EIACP Resource Partner is actively promoting the campaign of Mission LiFE along with all 60 centers of EIACP (Environmental Information, Awareness, Capacity building & Livelihood Program) in India. The purpose behind this initiative is to spread awareness among present generation about importance of sustainable lifestyle.
❖ A comprehensive & non-exhaustive list of 75 individual LiFE actions across 7 themes has been identified. 7 themes are:
- Energy saving
- Water saving
- Reduce use of Single-use plastics
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Waste reduced (Swachhta Action)
- Adopting healthy lifestyle
- E-waste handling