Frequently Asked Questions
What is EMPRI?
Environmental management and Policy Research Institute is an autonomous institute under the Department of Forest, Ecology, and Environment, Government of Karnataka, registered under the Societies act 1960.
What is EMPRi's Vision?
To become a centre of knowledge, inspiring and enabling the civil society to live in harmony with nature.
What is EMPRi's Mission?
To become a centre of excellence for organizing need based trainings, conducting demand driven research and providing consultancy services on concurrent environmental issues.
To enable and encourage the civil society and the Government to protect the environment and to ensure optimum utilization of natural resources.
What are EMPRI's Objectives
• Organizing capacity building trainings to officers of Government and other institutions on Environmental issues.
• Conducting policy and applied research on concurrent environmental issues.
• Providing consultancy services on environment to government departments and other organizations and Industries.
• Sensitizing students on Environmental matters through Eco-clubs in Schools and Colleges.
• Maintenance of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) centre for disseminating environment related information.
• Preparing the State of Environment Report for Karnataka.
• Preparing the State Action Plan on Climate Change.
• Establishing and maintenance of 'State Nodal Agency for Climate Change'.
5) What are the different divisions at EMPRI?
The centre is divided into the following six divisions.
What does the Centre for Lake Conservation do?
Lakes are ecologically precious water bodies. Conservation and development of these invaluable, traditional water bodies is of paramount importance. Due to rapid Urbanization and Industrialization, majority of these lakes have now come either under encroachment or have lost their original characteristics. Restoration of these lakes is not only urgent need but also a challenging task. The Centre facilities the conservation and development of these surface water bodies in the state in an environmentally sustainable manner. Three Research Scientists, Six Research Associates, two Technical Field Assistants and five Field Assistants are working in the Centre at present. The Centre has already completed a detailed study on "Assessment Derived Conservation Strategies for the Major Lakes of Bangalore" covering 117 water bodies, "Water Safety Plan for Bangalore – A Quality Based Approach to Water Supply Service Delivery",and "Comprehensive Assessment of Thippagondanahalli Reservoir Catchment Area and its Preservation Zones" . The Centre is working on the study on "'Evolving Sustainable Conservation Strategies for Water-Bodies of Mysore – Nanjangud Local Planning Area' and 'Inventorization of Waterbodies in Bangalore Metropolitan Region'also developing a study proposal for "Conservation of Cauvery River in Karnataka" to CISTUP and also taken the initiation of setting up the Water Quality Analysis Lab in EMPRI.
What does the Centre for Climate Change do?
Recognizing the catastrophic problem of Global Climate Change, the EMRPI, established the Centre for Climate Change to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis, the scientific, technical and socio economic information relevant to understand the scientific basis of risk of human induced Climate Change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. As entrusted by the Government of Karnataka, the work of preparing the "Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC )– 1st Assessment" was undertaken by EMPRI. The KSAPCC has outlined various challenges and has also given feasible action points to be implemented by various sectors of administration in the state.
What does the Centre for Capacity Building do?
Capacity Building has been widely recognized as an important management tool world over. Imparting appropriate and adequate capacity building trainings to all the stakeholders especially to the personnel working at the cutting edge level is of critical importance. Realizing the importance of the capacity building, the Centre organizes trainings and provides technical support to the government departments and other institutions on concurrent environmental issues.
Which are the training programmes conducted by EMPRI
Training programmes conducted by EMPRI:
• Environmental Conservation & Management
• Biomedical Waste Management
• Rain Water Harvesting
• Pollution Control in Slaughter Houses
• Coastal Regulation Zone
• Solid Waste Management
• Climate Change – Risk vulnerability and adaptation for different sectors
• EMPRI in collaboration with KUIDFC has conducted residential training programmes on "Sustainable Environmental Management" and "Urban Administration and Governance"
• Climate Change & Biomedical Waste Management
What does the Centre for applied research do?
EMPRI conducts research on environmental issues. Topics typically have an immediate relevance for society and deal with issues that call for interventions, often urgently. In every case, the work carried out attempts to determine underlying causes and propose viable solutions. The Centre has conducted research work on budding environmental issues in the state as well as the country. From addressing the pit-falls in the current waste management strategies and methods being adopted by the urban local bodies to creating important management tools for ensuring optimal use of natural resources for inclusive sustainable development. Currently the center has completed the project "Mapping the network of procurement of select plant bio-resource – Karnataka Biodiversity Board".The Centre has Research Associates working for different projects and also works in close collaboration with the external consultants.
What does the Centre for Geo-Informatics do?
The application of geospatial technology in different sectors is the demand of current time to take intelligent decisions for sustainable management of natural as well as manmade resources. Integrated application of geospatial technology and IT strategies are growing rapidly. The application and benefits of GIS are innumerable. EMRPI is working on various natural resource conservation projects and programs and almost all projects have GIS components. Some of the completed projects are
1) Assessment Derived Conservation Strategies for the Major Lakes of Karnataka- Bangalore phase I
2) Water Safety Plan for Bangalore – A Quality Based Approach to Water Supply Service Delivery
3) Comprehensive Assessment of Thippagondanahalli Reservoir Catchment Area and its Preservation Zones
Currently the Centre is working on the projects "'Evolving Sustainable Conservation Strategies for Water-Bodies of Mysore – Nanjangud Local Planning Area' and 'Inventorization of Waterbodies in Bangalore Metropolitan Region'. EMPRI provides GIS based solutions to the users at all scales and at different strategic level. EMPRI is expanding its capabilities in application of Geo-spatial technologies.
What does the centre for Centre for Environmental Education and Information do?
The Centre for Environment Education and Information believes that providing education and disseminating information on current environmental issues are the primary means of addressing the issues afflicting our environment at present. Towards this endeavour, the centre has been currently undertaking the following activities in close collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India.
1) Establishment and maintenance of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre
2) National Green Corps (NGC) Programme
What does the ENVIS Centre do?
Realising the need for reliable and adequate information on environment at the MoEF,
Govt. of India set up an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1982 as a comprehensive network in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to various users, which include decision-makers, researchers, academicians, policy planners etc. Information base includes both descriptive Information as well as numerical data. Descriptive information in the form of publications, reports, reprints and abstracts on related subjects is stored for dissemination. Numerical data on the subject are collected, compiled, processed and analysed for the purpose of dissemination. All the information thus compiled is made available on the website of the ENVIS centre.
What does the NGC centre do?
National Green Corps (NGC) is a national school programme of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI), wherein it is envisaged to form a National Green Army by establishing Eco-Clubs in about 250 schools in each district, across the country. The minds of the children at their age are impressionable and easy to mould thus, 'catch them young 'mantra is the highlight of NGC programme. The objective of this programme is to create environment awareness and carry out action based programme for protection and improvement of environment. Since its inception in 2001, several nodal agencies were involved in the implementation of the programme in the state. Since 1st January, 2009, EMPRI is the Nodal Agency (NA) for NGC in Karnataka. Eco club each year undertake various activities at three levels. The first level of activity namely awareness based activity (eg. Rally/jathas, expert talks, educative film shows/ seminars.), the second level of activity is more about action and observation (survey outings, data collection, record keeping) and the third and final level activity is more action oriented which entails activities like (plantations, vermicomposting, water/ energy conservation and sanitation.). An annual financial assistance of Rs. 2,500/- is given to every eco-club to implement the programme. The NGC team is involved in providing continuous support and assistance to implement and strengthen the programme by conducting regular school visits and also conducting training/ workshops for eco club teachers in charge and the district level officers.
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