ICTs and e-Environment
The impact of human activities on the environment
– and on climate change in particular – are issues of growing concern
confronting life on Earth. Concurrently, information and communication
technologies (ICTs) are being rapidly deployed around the world.
Although ICTs require energy resources, they also offer opportunities to
monitor, learn about and protect the environment, reduce carbon
emissions, and mitigate climate change.
ITU initiated a bold new work programme in 2008 with its strategy on
ICTs and climate change, to ensure that the vital role of ICTs is taken into account in global strategies to address climate change. As part of this strategy, ITU-D Programme 3 is developing reports, toolkits and educational material to raise awareness among its Member States on climate change and the role ICTs can play in combating it.
The purpose of
Programme 2 (Hyderabad, 2010) is to support the ITU membership
in improving access to ICT applications and services, especially in
underserved and rural areas, achieving trust and confidence in the
use of ICTs, the Internet and next-generation networks, promoting
fair and equitable access to critical Internet resources. The activities in the broad area of ICT Applications includes promoting and implementing e-Services and e-Applications (e.g.,
e-Government, e-Business, e-Learning, e-Health, e-Employment, e-Environment,
e-Agriculture, e-Science, etc.) in developing countries. Some related
resources can be found below.