The Ministry has launched a major initiative under the World Bank assisted Environment Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Programme (EMCBTAP) to expand the network and to reach through involvement of additional institutions/organsations in State Governments, academic sector, corporate sector, NGO and others.
The project also aims at broadening the ambit of ENVIS to include varying subject areas, themes, local conditions, issues, information/data needs of the country pertaining to environment and planned to be achieved through enlargement of participating institutions in various sectors and through introduction of modern means of information and communication technologies. The institutions, called ENVIS-EMCB nodes will be assigned a specific subject area in the field of environment and will be responsible for collection, collation and dissemination of relevant information through web-enabled mechanisms.
The proposed programme envisages development of nation wide web enabled network on Environmental Information System.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 20th March 2002, between EMCB-ENVIS and Industrial Toxicology Research Centre in connection with the setting up of EMCB-ENVIS node on toxic chemicals in ITRC. The assistance from the World Bank for this sub-component is for a period of 18 months from March 2002 till June, 2003.