Environment and ICTs

APC goes back to its roots: ICTs and the environment at the heart of APC's work
APC goes back to its roots: ICTs and the environment at the heart of APC's work 01 May 2012 LC

As a progressive network, the environment has been at the heart of the work of many APC members, but as new issues began to emerge, APC’s work began to take new directions. In 2008, APC began its work on the GreeningIT project, in which it undertook research in order to better understand the new challenges countries face related to electronic waste, climate change adaptation, and more, and how ICTs can be used more sustainably by practitioners, civil society and service providers. APC ...

Innovative application of ICTs in addressing water-related impacts of climate change
Innovative application of ICTs in addressing water-related impacts of climate change 26 April 2012

The Climate Change and Water (CCW) is a new programme by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2010 – 2015. The focus of CCW programme is to support applied, policy-relevant research to help people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change. Recognising the rapidly crowding field of climate change, the programme seeks to carve a niche in the area of building research capacity to estimate and respond to risks associated with climatic water stress in developing c...

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...

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 ...

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