Environment & ICTs

ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds

MONTEVIDEO 7 November 2011 (AF for APCNews)

Laws on climate change and waste management in Costa Rica have existed since 2009. However, despite appearing on paper, there has been little progress in putting them into practice. If the situation does not change, the country will not become carbon neutral by 2021.

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90% of India's e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov't policy recognise this?

CALGARY 14 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

According to the GISWatch 2010 report, electronics is the fastest growing sector in India and are purchased by about 52 million people. From 1993 to 2000 the number of PCs owned by Indians grew 604% and one can only imagine how many computers have been bought since then.

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Computer Aid launches new guide for advocacy on e-waste issues

LONDON 11 October 2011 (Computer Aid)

Computer Aid recently launched a guide for NGOs and civil society working on issues of e-waste in their country. The free resource provides practical information and tools on how to conduct campaigns to reduce the impacts of electronics on the environment and people.

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Computer Aid International / Balkans E-Waste Management Advocacy Network

A guide on lobbying and advocacy on e-waste issues. The guide is intended for NGOs and civil society organisations wanting to make a positive change to e-waste policy and practice in their countries. The guide was authored by Computer Aid’s Environmental Advocacy Officer, Haley Bowcock and was financed by the European Union.

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Greening IT: Baseline studies and comparative report

By APC (September 2011, APC )

Country baseline studies from Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Egypt, India and Mexico look at the rising issue of e-waste and the policy environment around it, while a comparative report highlights the main points from the country studies.

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ICTs and environmental sustainability: Mexico baseline study

By Olinca Marino and Enrique Rosas (June 2011, APC an LaNeta )

Mexico has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, and is therefore also very vulnerable to climate change. This report identifies in what ways the use of ICTs has been proposed in public policies as aresponse to climate change.It also points out convergence between the digital and climate agenda, and offers a deeper reflection and analysis on the issue.

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ICTs and environmental sustainability: India baseline study

By Syed S. Kazi, Divya Menon & Ashok Karna (May 2011, APC and Digital Empowerment Foundation )

In India, the ICT boom in recent years has greatly increased the presence of new dangerous and toxic waste in the environment but no official policies have been created to deal with the informal disposal of e-waste in the country. This study addresses the need for a consolidated study in India of any sorts to measure the policy trends in relation to environmental sustainability, climate change and ICTs.

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ICTs and environmental sustainability: Egypt baseline study

By Leila Hassanin & Nahla Hassan (May 2011, APC and Arabdev )

This report looks at how ICTs are being used in Egypt to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as how e-waste is managed in the country. It documents the key stakeholders involved, offers an overview of the policy and legislative context, analyses challenges and trends, and identifies several key areas for civil society advocacy.

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ICTs and environmental sustainability: Costa Rica baseline study

By Coopearativa Sulá Batsú (May 2011, APC )

When the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was approved in Costa Rica in 2008, the telecommunications sector – previously a state monopoly – opened itself to the liberal economic market. This study looks at the different initiatives, policies and actors involved in environmental stability from the telecommunications sector and focuses on climate change and e-waste management.

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ICTs and environmental sustainability: Bangladesh baseline study

By Partha Sarker and Munir Hasan (June 2011, APC and Bytes for All )

Bangladesh, like many countries, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This new report by Partha Sarker and Munir Hasan indicates that information and communications technologies (ICTs) and environmental sustainability issues are still not on Bangladeshi policy makers’ agendas.

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