About ENVIS

With great pleasure we would like to share with you that Ministry of Environment Forest and climate change (MOEFCC) has sanctioned an ENVIS (Environmental Information System) Centre to disseminate scientific, technical, and semi-technical information on various issues related to biological invasion (Invasive Alien Species) and conduct related research and extension activities.

Preventing and mitigating biological invasions is crucial to protect biodiversity, as well as food security, human health and the global economy. By recognizing the fact MOEFCC has recognized Centre for Sustainable Future at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham as ENVIS Resource Partner on the theme Invasive Alien Species.

ENVIS network has been designed as the National Focal Point (NFP) for INFOTERRA, a global environmental information network of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Our Activities

Nature Club Activity

The Centre's nature club organized various activities like Rangoli Contest, Painting Contest, Photography Contest and Exhibitions to provide education through fun and art.

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GSDP

The Centre promotes, implements, and coordinates Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP), an initiative to skill youth in environment, forest, and wildlife sectors and enable them to be self-employed.

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Information

ENVIS Centre Information

Impact of Alien Invasive Species on Native Biodiversity

Alien Invasive species have been identified as the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. A species is labelled ‘invasive’ when it can grow and reproduce rapidly, and spread aggressively, with the potential to cause harm. Alien invasive species are either accidentally or deliberately introduced into an ecosystem that is remote to them. The species could be any living organism from bacteria and fungi to plants, insects, marine life, amphibians, mammals and so on. 



NEWSLETTER

ENVIS-Resource Partner Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also released its newsletter ‘Bioinvasion’. The theme of the newsletter is biological Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
 

The centre has released the July 2021 edition of the newsletter.

July 2021

The centre has released the March 2021 edition of the newsletter.

March 2021


ENVIS Team

Centre Co-ordinator

Dr. Maya Mahajan
Associate Professor
Centre for Sustainable Future
Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham
Coimbatore 641112, Tamil Nadu, India
m_maya@cb.amrita.edu
+919489518865

 

Program Officer

Dr. Magesh G.

g_magesh@cb.amrita.edu

7349052629



 

Information Officer

Binish M. B.
8547800892
 

Data Entry Operator

Ms. Nevedha V. R.
 


Events

Sep
25
2021
The Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre RP, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, will organize a webinar on...
Sep
16
2021
In connection with International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer , Environmental Information System (ENVIS)...
Sep
4
2021
On the occasion of National Nutrition Week, ENVIS RP, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, is conducting webinar on the...
Jul
26
2021
On the occasion of International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, ENVIS RP, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,...

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In the Media

Sep
6
2019

The Center for Sustainable Future at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus, has been...

Mar
20
2019

More than 100 tribals from the hamlets of Singampathy, Kalkothipathi and Sarkarporathy in...

Mar
20
2019

Amrita faculty member Maya Mahajan conducted a course for tribal people in making furniture from...

Oct
11
2018

Dr. Maya Mahajan, Associate Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, School of...

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Customer Feedback

My discovery of Lantana Furniture

In the United States, lantana is a favored ornamental plant. Its delicate inflorescences of red, yellow, orange, blue and pink grace the garden plantings of suburbanites throughout the country who flock to garden centers every spring and pay good money for cultivars with names like Miss Huff and Patriot Cowboy. In most of the country, winters are too cold for the plants to survive, so they remain annual adornments to our gardens.

In India, however, these non-native plants have become obnoxious and unwelcome guests, crowding out the scrub growth under forest trees and producing only toxic leaves that cannot be eaten by most animals.

I was therefore delighted to learn that a method had been developed by Dr. Maya Mahajan at Amrita University to manage these difficult plants. Unlike the gentle North American varieties, these fierce invaders grow study canes several feet in length which are harvested by hill station tribals who then use them to construct attractive rustic furniture. The furniture is quite cheap and very sturdy, the undergrowth of lantana is successfully managed, and the tribals have a new source of revenue. Everybody wins.

When I heard about this furniture, I made a trip to Amrita, where Dr. Mahajan and some of her assistants showed me the pieces on hand and took measurements for special-use items. At the end of what could be called a very long day (due to the weather interference on the cane harvesting), I had eighteen pieces at a total cost of less than  40,000 rupees. These include armchairs, armless chairs, coffee tables, a settee, a bed, bookshelves, and more. The commissioned pieces didn’t always come out the way I had intended, but they are all useful and attractive. Everything has been admired by friends around the globe.

Lantana furniture has allowed me to help with a forest management project, to provide income to tribals, and to buy attractive cane furniture at a very low price. It has been a happy discovery.”

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Jon William Bauer
 

Contact Us

Reach us

Centre for Sustainable Future
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Coimbatore 641112, Tamil Nadu, India
m_maya@cb.amrita.edu
+919489518865