Environment & ICTs

E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times)

Johannesburg

As technology becomes more widely used around the world, issues of e-waste, particularly its impact on the environment and human health, have garnered increased attention.

Education and technology key thematic areas for Rio+20 People's Summit

Johannesburg

Thematic Social ForumThematic Social ForumAs part of the People’s Summit, the Thematic Social Forum released a working paper this week, entitled ‘Another Future is Possible’ discussing key themes for Rio+20.

Computer Aid launches new e-waste partnership in Kenya

LONDON 28 February 2012 (Computer Aid)

As part of its ongoing work in reducing the environmental impacts of end-of-life ICTs, Computer Aid International has partnered with the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides e-waste management in the country and region. Together, they will provide training and help develop computer recycling facilities throughout Africa.

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UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report

Johannesburg, South Africa

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability has launched a report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”, which contains 56 recommendations to implement and mainstream sustainable development into economic policy.

Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector

By Colnodo (December 2011, APC )

The Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector is part of a newly-created APC programme in the field of ICTs and environmental sustainability. The survey should be considered an indication of organisation needs and challenges when it comes to ICTs and environmental sustainability. Further areas to research and explore are suggested by the results.

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ICTs, climate change and development workshop

MONTEVIDEO 24 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

In partnership with the University of Manchester, APC co-hosted a workshop from January 22 – 24 in Johannesburg to discuss findings, challenges and key actions going forward on how ICTs can help mitigate climate change and help communities better adapt to the increasing changes in their local environments.

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APC launches new GreeningIT site

MONTEVIDEO 24 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

While ICTs can help the environment, they can also be harmful. APC’s GreeningIT project takes a look at the green and not so green side of ICTs to find out how they can be used more sustainably by civil society, governments, service providers and users in general.

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GreeningIT inventory

By GreenNet (January 2012, APC )

This inventory was developed to identify innovative, appropriate and affordable ICT tools, devices and sustainable practices that could be used in the non-profit sector. The inventory of sustainable tools and practices, and the report on the survey of ICT4D organisations are part of a newly-created APC programme in the field of ICTs and environmental sustainability.

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E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem you can't quantify?

CALGARY 2 December 2011 (LC for APCNews)

ICT related e-waste in Egypt is a growing problem, but addressing it is difficult since there is no official research or data on the subject, says a new report written by ArabDev for the APC. APCNews talks to author Leila Hassanin about putting e-waste on the policy map.

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Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored

CALGARY 21 November 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Bangladesh has committed to becoming “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. But fifteen years after liberalising the telecommunications industry, the country faces a significant e-waste problem. And because e-waste belongs to no specific sector but rather, crosses over into several, it is a challenge to create any policies for its management and disposal, says a new report commissioned by APC and written by Partha Sarker and Munir Hassan.

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