Non-Formal Environmental Studies and Full Details about Environmental Information System

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Department of Environment could set up a plan program Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1982. It is a decentralized system using distributed network of databases for collection of environmental information.

Non-formal environmental education is designed for age group, working in social, economic and cultural development of the community. They form groups or clubs and arrange exhibitions, public lectures, meeting, and environmental campaigns. The following constitute main content of this education.

         Adult education: Adults may influence other members for a better ways of life. In local language, information packs, posters, slides, audio, audio-visuals etc may be generated.

             Rural youth and non-student youth

: Rural youth and non-student youth may organize into groups.

      Tribal’s/forests/dwellers: The programs of educations can be taken up by involving their community leaders, women and youth. They are an important content of our forest wealth.

    Children Activities: This can be ensured through essay competitions of different age g groups. Department of Environment with the help of United School Organization of India organizes such activities. On the spot painting, Modeling and poster design contests are conducted for children by the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Short term courses are also given by NMNH in environment education every year.
    Eco-development Camps: They help in sound rural development involving youth. A set of guidelines has been prepared by Department of Environment (1984). The main objectives are: to create awareness in student and non-student youth about basic ecological principles; to take steps to solve local ecological/environmental problems and; to develop a spirit of national integration.

       Non- government Organization: There are over 200 NGOs, of which most are involving in EE and awareness, others in nature conversation, pollution control, a forestation and social forestry, floristic and faunal studies, rural development, wild life conversation and waste utilization and eco-development.
   Public Representatives: India has Environmental Forums for M.Ps and M.L.A. to discuss environmental problems facing the country. They may build up sound public opinion and stimulate public interest.
      Training Senior Executives/Administrators: Regular courses should be arranged for various institutes imparting such training. These are general environmental management, industry-specific environmental management etc.

      Foundation Course: The courses for the probationers selected for the I.A.S., I.F.S. and cadets of three wings of Armed Forces need to be supplemented with foundation courses on environment relevant to their area of work.

    Research and Development Programs: Such programs are supported by Department of environment in Man and Biosphere and basic and applied environmental problems.

        Centers of Excellence: Department of Environmentalhas established two centers of excellence in the country. They generate knowledge and methodology and training in areas of Tropical Ecology (Bangalore) and Environmental Educational (Ahmadabad).

     Development of trained manpower: There must be training programs for the trainers, professionals, technical personal and legal experts.

       Development of Educational Material and Teaching Aids

    Audio, audio-visual materials, materials for media (T.V., radio, films, newspapers etc), mobile exhibitions etc must be designed by competent manpower. One such centre in centre for Environment Education, Ahmadabad.

     World Environment Day: All Government in the states U.T., academic institutions, universities, colleges, schools and voluntary organizations organize suitable activities on this day (June 5). Department of Environment Support this financially.

        National environmental awareness campaign/national environment mouth: Commencing from 1986. Department of Environment conducts NEAC and NEM; from November 19th to Dec. 18th every year is observed as NEM. Each year there is a major environment theme.  

Environmental Information: Department of Environment could set up a plan program Environmental Information System (ENVIS)< /b>in 1982. It is a decentralized system using distributed network of databases for collection of environmental information. Environmental Information System (ENVIS) network with Department of Environment, its focal point consists of 10 ENVIS centers on diverse areas of environment, established in specialized and reputed institutions in the country. 
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