Environment and ICTs

Application of ICTs for climate change adaptation in the water sector: Developing country experiences and emerging research priorities
Application of ICTs for climate change adaptation in the water sector: Developing country experiences and emerging research priorities 19 April 2012 Various

Within the water sector, ICTs can contribute in several ways to climate change adaption and mitigation in the communities most affected. This new publication by the Association for Progressive Communications and the International Development Research Centre gathers several reports from developing countries on how ICTs are and can be applied to help communities experiencing water-related stress, adapt to climate change. While drawing on current experiences in the field of water management and...

ICTs, climate change and water: need for local adaptation strategies
ICTs, climate change and water: need for local adaptation strategies 22 March 2012 Alan Finlay, Shawna Finnegan

In collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC is releasing a series of reports discussing opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) to help individuals and communities adapt to water scarcity as a result of climate change. Climate change is having a profound and worsening effect on the availability and quality of water for people world...

E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times)
E-waste fast-growing problem in Southern Africa (Southern Times) 17 March 2012 shawna

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. A recent article in the Southern Times describes the flow of second-hand technology from Europe and North America to countries in Africa, where after a short period of time it is discarded, ending up at large dump sites. The...

Education and technology key thematic areas for Rio+20 People's Summit
Education and technology key thematic areas for Rio+20 People's Summit 02 March 2012 shawna

Thematic 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. The paper is based on proposals developed at the forum in Porto Alegre, January 24th – 29th, 2012. Education, knowledge, science and technology were among the thematic areas. The paper ...

UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report
UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report 10 February 2012 SF

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. Among its recommendations the report states: “Governments, international financial institutions ...

Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector
Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector 28 January 2012 Colnodo

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 was developed by Colnodo (Colombia), and implemented with the help of Alternatives (Canada), CIPESA (Uganda) and BytesforAll (Pakistan). Amongst other things, the aim of the survey was to de...

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