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

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.

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

Climate change is increasingly affecting the availabily and quality of water world wide, and the poorest are, as usual, the hardest hit. In April APC and the IDRC will release a series of research reports that explore how ICTs can help individuals and communities adapt to water issues related to climate change.

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.

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.

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.

Computer Aid launches new e-waste partnership in Kenya
Computer Aid launches new e-waste partnership in Kenya 28 February 2012

As part of its ongoing work in reducing the environmental impacts of end-of-life ICTs, Computer Aid International has partnered with the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides e-waste management in the country and region. Together, they will provide training and help develop computer recycling facilities throughout Africa.

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.

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 should be considered an indication of organisation needs and challenges when it comes to ICTs and environmental sustainability. Further areas to research and explore are suggested by the res...

APC launches new GreeningIT site
APC launches new GreeningIT site 24 January 2012 APC

While ICTs can help the environment, they can also be harmful. APC’s GreeningIT project takes a look at the green and not so green side of ICTs to find out how they can be used more sustainably by civil society, governments, service providers and users in general.

ICTs, climate change and development workshop
ICTs, climate change and development workshop 24 January 2012 APC

In partnership with the University of Manchester, APC co-hosted a workshop from January 22 – 24 in Johannesburg to discuss findings, challenges and key actions going forward on how ICTs can help mitigate climate change and help communities better adapt to the increasing changes in their local environments.