The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change created a Statistical Cell with the objective to develop an efficient and centralised statistical database on environment, forest & climate change with the assistance of various Environment Centres, under the ‘ENVIS’ Scheme. Secondly to Liaison with State/UT Governments and UT Administrations, and where necessary, to strengthen the processes of data collection,validation, processing and interpretation of statistical data, with the assistance of ENVIS Centres and Centre for excellence.
Earlier, State agencies used to prepare the Report, but to enhance its intrinsic value, it was decided to prepare it by an independent agency along with expert institutions of high repute, with the active involvement of planners and policy makers so that its utility increases. The list of few Experts Institutions has already been drawn up which needs to be extended. However, the involvement of the State Government and its Planning Department/Board would be vital. The environment issues should be taken in planning process by the respective States as the stakeholders are planning departments and environment departments. SoER reporting will be a continuous and rigorous process. The Report would be reviewed after two year of additionality and improvement. There is a need to make it an online tool in planning process so that impacts on the environment may be analyzed well in time.
The State of Environment Report 2015 (National) has been finalized and is likely to be released soon. SoER for the state of Telangana has been finalized and released on 6th January, 2018 by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State, MoEF&CC, Govt. of India and Shri. Jogu Ramanna, Minister, EFS&T, Govt. of Telangana. SoER Mizoram, Sikkim and Nagaland are at final stage. Preparation of SoER Karnataka has already been started. Preparation of SoER for other states are likely to start soon.
The statistical cell has also already initiated work for development of National Green Accounting, Development of Environmental Statistics & Indicators and Interaction with National and International organization etc.the statistical adviser is the nodal officer in the Ministry.