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PREFACE
Environmental Information System: (ENVIS) Centre has been set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in different educational institutions, government organizations and non-governmental organizations by covering several thematic areas in environment and associated fields. In order to strengthen its vast network for sustainable development on several thematic areas, the Ministry is implementing a project on Sustainable Development Networking Program (SDNP) under the India – Canada Environmental Facility (ICEF) Small Grant Programme.
The United Nations Environment Programme: (UNEP) established in 1972 at Nairobi, Kenya is aimed to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices everywhere. According to Brundtland Commission (1987), Sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". In general, sustainable development is development that takes the impact on the environment into account and tries to minimize environmental damage. In order to achieve better sustainable development and sound environment, pathways has to be opened for public participation, wide communication network and cooperation among all sections of society. Hence, in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development provided a clear message on the role and responsibility for all sections of society, with the recurring message repeated over and over again “real change is most likely to come with the involvement of ordinary people". According to the proclamation “Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature”. To address these issues and how to more closely involve the affected communities and public interest groups in a collaborative approach to attain sustainable development, the Ministry has identified the ENVIS network partners which they are working on different thematic areas in environmental management, based on the performance of the ENVIS Centre, Ministry has identified our ENVIS Centre as one of the Centre on the thematic area “Microorganisms and Environment Management" under SDNP-ENVIS of ICEF Small Grant Program. This project has been executed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (EI), Government of India and co-ordinated by the Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai.
 
 
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