Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)
The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India has been implementing a Central Sector Scheme titled Environmental Information System (ENVIS) since 1982-83. ENVIS by providing scientific, technical and semi-technical information on various environmental issues has served in facilitating policy formulation and environment management at all levels of Government as well as in decision-making aimed at environment protection and its improvement for sustaining good quality of life for all living beings.
ENVIS is a decentralized network of 67 centers of which 32 centers are dealing with “State of the Environment and Related Issues” are hosted by State Government / UT Administrations, called ENVIS Hubs and remaining 35 Centers are hosted by environment related governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutes of professional excellence, with varied thematic mandates pertaining to environment, called the ENVIS Resource Partners (RPs).
Most vocational training programmes focus on mechanical/technical skills rather than ‘soft’ or ‘green’ skills. Green skills contribute to preserving or restoring environmental quality for sustainable future and include jobs that protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy and minimize waste and pollution. In line with the Skill India Mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) utilizing the vast network and expertise of ENVIS Hubs/RPs, has taken up an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India’s youth to get gainful employment and/or self employment, called the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP). The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development, which will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016).
Realizing the demand for green skilled youth, the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) has been conceptualized and developed in MoEF&CC in consultation with National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), the nodal agency for synergizing skill development initiatives in the country, under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). GCPC as an ENVIS Resource Partner has conducted training of trainers on Cleaner Production Assessor under the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) of ENVIS, MoEF&CC, GoI.