giswatch 2010

Building advocacy networks between environmental and internet rights movements

Johannesburg, South Africa

In South Eastern Europe, as in most parts of the world, environmental activists and experts have been among the first to take advantage of the internet and ICT resources. More recently a new generation of green citizen movements and political parties in countries like Bulgaria and Hungary have used web-based social networks as their primary communication media.

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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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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Global Information Society Watch 2010: Focus on ICTs and environmental sustainability

By APC/Hivos (November 2010, APC/Hivos )

Reports from around the world on the impacts of technology consumption and e-waste on the environment. Also includes seven expert reports including on smart and green grassroots technologies.

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