TERI focuses on ICT as a tool for adaptation to climate variability and change

February 7th, 2008 - 8:08 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI/Business Wire India): ICT is the most fast emerging paradigm that will play a proactive role to disseminate information of climate change and its impact on common people and can help reduce green house gases drastically.
At a discussion held at the sidelines of Delhi sustainable development summit, it was felt that ICT technologies can be a major contributor to help reduce emissions that harm the atmosphere.
Nearly 45 participants representing Government, NGO/CBO, multi-lateral and bilateral community participated in the discussion.
The session began with Dr. Leena Srivastava presenting the anthropogenic factors and impacts of climate change on health, agriculture, water resources etc. and potential changes resulting from global warming, like sea-level rise, change in crop pattern, melting of glaciers etc.
The developing countries have the least resources and least ability to adapt to changes; but most vulnerable to climate change. Common people must be aware of the potential problems to address the issue; their capacities should be built for adaptation measures to be taken up.
The discussion focused around the point that policymakers, scientists, researchers and corporates; all need to play proactive role to disseminate information of climate change and its impact on common people. The need of the hour is a concerted effort from all stakeholders.
ICT should be understood in a broad sense and should not be restricted to only high-end tools. Any medium of communication, starting from traditional radio, television, print media to community radio, GIS and remote sensing, new age mobile telephony, internet, video conferencing- ICT has the potential of reaching every household and thus has the capacity of disseminating information and galvanizing action on it.
Forestry, education, egov, agriculture, climate change impact assessment studies, etc were identified as the potential areas of ICT intervention. ICT can actually reduce green house emission by providing various services at the virtual space, like ticket booking, distance education.
Problem with already existing information is lack of local focus. The Governments should endeavor to penetrate into the local pockets and look into their specific requirements.
Community radio, local newspaper or village knowledge centres/ common service centres/krishi vikas kendras are potential to do these. The information should be simple and easily internalized by the local people.
The session ended with an agreement that action needs to be generated with active involvement of all stakeholders.
For creating communities of practice and influencing the policymakers, organizations like TERI need to moderate the efforts. The need of the hour is to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice. (ANI)

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