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National Review Meet (NRM) of ENVIS - 2019

One-day National Review Meet (NRM) of ENVIS - 2019 was organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India in collaboration with WWF-India on 2nd April, 2019 at Ganga Auditorium, MoEF&CC, Jorbagh Road, New Delhi.

This workshop was organized to review the activities performed by the ENVIS Hubs / Resource Partners and also to review their performance on two new initiatives of MoEF&CC, viz., Certificate Course on “Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)” and GRIDSS mapping of selected districts in each State.

Mr. C.K. Mishra, Secretary (EF&CC), MoEF&CC inaugurated ENVIS Exhibition. Around 67 ENVIS RPs and Hubs participated in the National Review Meet. Every ENVIS centre displayed information/ publications/ knowledge products produced by them. Posters, publication CDs and hard copies of publications were distributed to meeting participants. Dr. Aparna Sharma, Senior Scientific Officer-cum-HP ENVIS Coordinator represented the HP-ENVIS Hub and briefed Secretary (EF&CC) about center’s activities and publications, which were well appreciated. The knowledge products of HP ENVIS Hub like table calendars, posters, brochures, manuals, course reports, workshop proceedings, video DVDs, etc., displayed in the exhibition were well appreciated by Ministry officials as well as other ENVIS Centers. Mr. Ajay Panwar, Programme Officer and Ms. Vandana, IT Assistant of HP ENVIS Hub was also present during the meet.

Shri Yashvir Singh, Economic Advisor, EI Division, MoEF&CC addressed the participants and a presentation was made by Ms. Urmila, Joint Director, EI Division where she highlighted the activities of ENVIS Scheme. National Environmental Survey experiences were shared by special invitiees Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India; Sh. B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, Director General, Environment Protection Training & Research Institute; Dr. Ashok Ghosh, Chairman, Bihar State Pollution Control Board; Prof. S.K. Barik, Director, National Botanical Research Institute; Dr. Deepak Apte, Director, Bombay Natural History Society; Dr. Abinash Mohanty, Coordinator, Asian Development Research Institute ENVIS Resource Partner; Dr. GufranBeig, Coordinator, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology ENVIS Resource Partner; Dr. G. Areendran, Coordinator, World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) ENVIS Resource Partner and Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Coordinator, Indian Institute of Science ENVIS Resource Partner.

Dr. Deepak Apte, Director, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) during his presentation focused on Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs).Around552 IBAs in India have been identified by BNHS. KBA is a step forward, and are sites that are significant for biodiversity, and have been developed from the criteria of IBAs.  All IBAs are KBAs, though they can have different levels of importance. IBAs that meet global criteria will become KBAs. IBAs that don’t meet global become regional KBAs. This is the largest network of KBAs in India. He further added that there is a need to start identifying KBAs for other taxonomy. Through Ministry support it is possible to initiate KBA process based on other taxonomy such as plant, amphibians, and reptiles. KBAs have been positioned such that they will be part of the post 2020 CBD agenda. As India is working strenuously towards CBD compliance, it is desirable for MoEF&CC to take leadership on this issue. Monitoring of IBAs is included in National Biodiversity Target (Target number 6).  Thus, India is already working on KBAs but this work needs to be expanded.

Dr. Abinash Mohanty, Coordinator, Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) ENVIS Resource Partner during his presentation talked about Water Atlas of India. Water Atlas of India is a collection of thematic maps, info graphics, graphs, fact sheets and cross sectorial interpretation of data of pre-defined indicators of different aspects of water resources of India. It is aimed to cater to a wide range of professionals with reduced time spent finding quality-assured data.

He said Water Atlas of India is one of its kind because –

      ·    It is a comprehensive and readymade repository of a wide range of qualitative and                  quantitative data on water resources of India in a single platform

      ·     It gives rapid access to accurate data on every aspect of water resources at the national             level

      ·    It is an off-the-shelf tool aimed to underpin policy framework and action plans on water               resources management in India

      ·    It also helps to understand future scenario of water resources through climate                           projection and thus helps in planning of resource allocation

      ·    It is an important factor for sustainable development, food security, ecosystem services,               industrial development, energy production and socio-economic growth

      ·     In Indian constitution, the social right for access to clean water is protected through                     Article 21 by the Indian Supreme Court under the broader umbrella of “Right to Life                   Guaranteed”

      ·     Around 78% of rural habitations in India are able to access more than 40 litres of safe                drinkable water per day through piped water services (PWS) which covers 670.8 million       of rural populations (NRDWP 2018)

      ·     Despite that, India tops the list with respect to number of people without access to clean               water close to the residence (Water  Aid 2018)

Dr. Gufran Beig, Coordinator, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) ENVIS Resource Partner during his presentation spoke about CONCEPT-Gridded Air Quality Index (PM 2.5) for India (25X25 Km2) Integrated Observational & Modeling Framework Satellite Retrieved Data Air Quality Model (SAFAR) Low cost Air Sensor VALIDATION: Reference CPCB/ US-EPA approved online Monitors Product: Gridded AQI for India GIS-Methodology For Gridding PM 10 in Gg/Box/.

Methodology

Frequency of data collections (Types of areas & feasibility); Portable sensors in remote areas; Optimum location in different seasons; Secondary data from MPCB, if any; Calibration of data by Mobile Van ; Mobile van on sample survey basis; Super computer: SAFAR AQ Model grid; Output: Convert to Air Quality Index.

Dr. Areendran, Coordinator, World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) ENVIS Resource Partner during his presentation spoke about how to delineate the wildlife corridor for Pantheratigris using geospatial techniques, assessing suitable path using least cost path analysis and Circuits cape analysis techniques, to assess the forest fragmentation in SML and to identify the potential sites for restoration.

He gave the four classes of forests to be identified in terms of the type of fragmentation present:

Core – interior forest pixels that are not degraded from “edge effects”

Perforated – forest along the inside edge of a small forest perforation

Edge – forest along the outside edge of a forest patch

Patch – small fragments of forest that are entirely degraded by “edge effects”

Presentation on Plastic Waste Management Facility (PWMF) was given by Plastic man of India Padma Shri Dr. R. Vasudevan, Dean & Prof, Thiagarajar College of Engineering - Madurai, Coordinator ENVIS. He talked about proper disposal of plastic waste by an innovative method to reuse plastic waste to construct better, more durable and very cost-effective roads. He said that plastic waste could be used in making roads much faster and this would save environment from dangerous plastic waste. He shared a story that once he visited Mahatma Schools in Madurai on15thApril 2008, where he demonstrated the use of technique of using plastic waste in making roads.  He said roads made with plastic waste also showed greater resistance to damages caused by heavy rains. His road construction method is now widely used to construct roads in rural India.

Selected ENVIS Knowledge/Information Products were released by Secretary, EF&CC. Hands-on-Training on Expenditure Advance Transfer (EAT) Module of Public Financial Management System (PFMS) and demonstration of ENVIS Portal/ENVIS Network Websites were also given during the meet.

Dr. Anandi Subramanian, Principal Advisor who led the programme distributed Certificates of Appreciation to ENVIS Coordinators for their contributions in initiating “Green Skill Development Programme”. Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to HP ENVIS Hub for conducting 4 months duration course on Para-taxonomy including Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR).

It was decided to expand the ENVIS mandate to the next level so that the ‘Decision Making System’ could be fast tracked without compromising the values of environment and biodiversity. Demonstration of the newly being developed ENVIS Portal/ ENVIS Network Websites was also given. Few Discussions on GSDP - MTs, Placement facilitation and NES- GRIDSS were done. The event was wrapped up by Principal Adviser, Dr. Anandi Subramanian followed by the vote of thanks by Joint Director, Ms. Urmila.