International Liaison

PASTIC interacts with Regional and International Information Networks and Serves as National Focal Point for the following International Information Networks/Agencies: CEHANET (WHO):Environmental Health Regional Information Network of the World Health Organization (Eastern Mediterranean Region); This programme aims at:

  • Identification, location and collection of data from Institutions, Personnel and Documents on Environmental Health and Develop and maintain a Database and provide Information Services from this Database.
  • Promotion and Dissemination of Network Services and Products.
  • Arranging trainings for Information/Library personnel working in Environmental Health Institutions/ Organizations.


ASTINFO (UNESCO-PGI): ASTINFO is a co-operative programme which aims to promote the exchange of information and Experience in Science and Technology among countries in the Asia/Pacific region. It was established in 1983 as a result of the Second Conference of the Science Ministers and Economic Planning Bodies in the Asia/Pacific region (CASTASIA II), held in March 1982 in Manilla (Philippines). ASTINFO comprises co-ordinating units in 18 Member States; and some 82 national/regional institutions now hold the status of ASTINFO Associated Centers and Networks. A quarterly Newsletter is published. The aims and benefits of ASTINFO include:

  • Computerization of library and Information Management Services through UNESCO-developed software package WIN/ISIS
  • Pilot projects on Specialized Information Systems and Services
  • Development of National Information Policies and Standards
  • Innovative approaches to education and training of library and information personnel
  • Establishment of document delivery Systems and Services
  • Serving as a forum for communication and Information Exchange.

INFOTERRA (UNEP): United Nations Environment Programme Global Information Network. This was established in 1976 in Nairobi. The network comprises of 175 countries. Under this programme the National Focal Point activities are:

  • National Directory of Sources of Environmental Information 
  • Catalogue of library holdings 
  • INFOTERRA National Focal Point promotional pamphlet 
  • Updated contribution to regional bibliographic environmental database (if applicable) 
  • Annual query-response statistics report compiled (and submitted to UNEP/INFOTERRA) 
  • Maintenance of  special collections such as: 
  • National legislation on environmental policy and management 
  • Rendering a national environmental information service 
  • Rendering an Internet and CD-ROM search service 
  • Promotion of the work of UNEP at national level 
  • Establishes and maintains links with external libraries and networks, national /international NGOs on environmental information exchange 
  • Participates in the development, evaluation and improvement of the INFOTERRA network 

SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC) is a Regional Institution under SAARC providing library, documentation & information services to Member States. Established in 1994, SDC is the central unit of SAARC Documentation System that comprises sub-units in seven Member States known as the SDC National Focal points (NFPs). SDC is located at National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, NISCAIR (former INSDOC), New Delhi, India. SDC envisages to provide effective information system for exchange of information particularly in the field of science, technology, industry and developmental matters. Main functions of SDC are:

  • Provision of S & T Information to the member states on demand.
  • Coordination with SDC regarding different activities pertaining to Information Exchange, Trainings, etc.
  • Organizing workshops for the member states.
  • Distribution of SDC publications in the country when received.