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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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Some of the objectives of the Envis centre (Invasive Alien Species) are

  1. To promote, implement and coordinate Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP), an initiative to skill youth in environment, forest and wildlife sectors and enable them to be self-employed. E.g., lantana craft and furniture making, herbal kitchen gardening of native species.
  2. To implement and coordinate National Environment Survey (NES) a Grid-based Resource Information and Decision Support System (GRIDSS) for sustainable management of natural resources to fill in data gaps with respect to various environmental parameters such as emission inventory and pollution; forest and wildlife (flora and fauna); wetlands; rivers and other water bodies; public health, etc.
  3. To implement and coordinate a Community-driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP) with the objective of mobilizing communities on environmental issues, creating decentralized models of development to empower local communities and build an awareness driven atmosphere in villages to adopt environmentally sustainable practices at the community level.
  4. To build a repository and dissemination centre in Environmental Science, Information and Management (ESIM).
  5. To support and promote research, development and innovation in ESIM.
  6. To promote national cooperation and liaise with agencies concerned for exchange of environment and biological invasion related information.
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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.

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