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As environmental sustainability plays an increasingly important role in social and economic development, much attention has been given to ICTs as tools to address sustainability imbalances – and as the source of many environmental challenges themselves, such as with e-waste. IC4D activists are constantly challenged by the ever-evolving landscape of ICTs and the sometimes contradictory and cross-sectoral policy aspects of ICTs and the environment.

APC commissioned five of its members to conduct research in their country on the topic of ICTs and environmental sustainability. They are: Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Egypt, India and Mexico. Members were asked to map challenges in the policy terrain, with particular emphasis on ICTs and climate change and e-waste, identify key stakeholders, as well as advocacy tasks that lay ahead for civil society. This comparative analysis by APC compiles and summarises their key findings.