The Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh established the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) as a public trust in 2002 under the Trusts Act of 1882. It has been functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources and a Board of Trustees. The Government of Bangladesh, USAID and the Government of The Netherlands have invested a lot of resources over a period of twelve years from 1991 to 2002 to develop CEGIS' capacity. As a result, the organisation has grown from a traditional project 'EGIS' into a national institute for further developing the country's capability for effective and efficient management of natural resources. CEGIS has been established to make services available for sustainable developments in general and in EIA-SIA in particular in a scientifically independent manner.
From its inception, CEGIS has been carrying out integrated environmental analysis by using modern technologies such as geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing (RS), databases and information technology (IT) and others. It provides solutions to issues and problems in various sectors like water, land, agriculture, fisheries, environment, engineering, power, energy, transportation, etc., and recommends technical options based on local realities that are feasible from the socio-economic and institutional point of view.