Environment & ICTs

Where does your laptop come from?

MONTEVIDEO 22 August 2011 (AF for APCNews)

It’s normal to buy a new laptop when we can afford it. But do you know about the waste or the environmental damage that result from its production? See this new APC video to learn more.

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APC and IDRC host climate change, ICT and water workshop

MONTEVIDEO 30 June 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC and Canadian development agency IDRC are hosting this four-day workshop with expert participants from around the world in Johannesburg on July 7-10. This is a new strategic area for the IDRC to support applied policy-relevant research to help people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change.

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New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations

Manchester

The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Description: 

This Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://na.unep.net/atlas/africaWater/book.php
Contact person: 
Nick Nuttall
Contact email: 
Nick.Nuttall@unep.org
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
Africa water resources, transboundary waters, challenges, water profile of countries
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UN-Water
Description: 

UN-Water is composed of representatives of 28 United Nations organizations. The website presents some examples of statistics related to water, currently incomplete and under development. The Stats section contains graphs and maps visualizing key water statistics. The Documents section contains water-related policy briefs, reports and publications.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.unwater.org/
Contact person: 
n/a
Contact email: 
unwater@un.org
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
global water statistics, graphs and maps
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CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) basin focal project for the Andes BFP-ANDES
Description: 

The CPWF Basin Focal Project for the Andes system of basins is working with a range of local stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms for improving the productivity of water in the Andes.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://testing.policysupport.org/cgi-bin/ecoengine/start.cgi
Contact person: 
Mark Mulligan
Contact email: 
mark.mulligan@kcl.ac.uk
Type of access: 
open, registration required to save results
Type of information available online: 
policy support system, scenarios, spatial models, watershed management
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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services
Description: 

IISD Climate Change Policy & PracticeIISD Climate Change Policy & PracticeClimate Change Policy & Practice is a knowledge management project for international negotiations and related activities on climate change.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://climate-l.iisd.org/
Contact person: 
IISD Reporting Services
Contact email: 
enb@iisd.org
Type of access: 
open, subscription required to post to listserve
Type of information available online: 
daily newsfeed, calendar of events, articles, policy updates

Internet, technology and climate change: APC invites you to a virtual exhibition

MONTEVIDEO 17 December 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

A new report looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 2010 in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic reports. We invite you to a virtual exhibition of the report. Come prepared for presentations, a chance to talk to Global Information Society Watch 2010 people behind the initiative and mingle at the virtual bar.

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Special report calls for IT manufacturers to stop designing for the digital dump

LONDON 16 December 2010 (Computer Aid International for APCNews)

In a Special Report published on 09 December, UK charity Computer Aid International calls for IT manufactures to take responsibility for the environmental cost of their products throughout their entire life-cycle. The Special Report, which is the third in a series of special reports on ICTs and the Environment, is titled “GreenICT: What producers must do”.

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New report asks, how environmentally-friendly is technology?

JOHANNESBURG 13 December 2010 (APC for APC/Hivos)

Computers are creating massive e-waste. The paper industry has had to double to meet printer demand. But smart technologies are bringing huge savings in energy consumption. As the UN conference on climate change starts in Cancun, the new Global Information Society Watch from APC and Hivos looks at ICTs and environmental sustainability in 53 countries, six regions and through ten expert thematic reports. What is the state of the industry in your country? Find out.

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