IT for Climate-Smart Development: “Not Your Grandfather’s Bank”

In the course of our partnership with the eDevelopment Thematic Group we are happy to announce an upcoming event of our partner: IT for Climate-Smart Development: “Not Your Grandfather’s Bank”.

From the IT for Climate-Smart Development event page:

The session will aim to raise staff understanding of how ICT can be used to achieve better results in climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) promise to be important enablers of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in several sectors. Examples may include the use of ICTs in:

  • Climate monitoring for weather forecasting and predicting, detecting and mitigating the effects of natural disasters, monitoring analysis and control of industrial processes, among others;
  • Lowering energy consumption and GHG in the power networks (e.g. through smart grids);
  • IT applications in smart buildings and smart motor systems;
  • “Dematerialization” via e-government applications
  • Adapting agriculture and water resource management systems to evolving weather patterns using satellite-based information and simple mobile phone applications, smart irrigation and logistics.

An important theme will be the rapidly growing reach of mobile phone networks (more than 3bn phones in use in developing countries) and the potential to leverage these networks for climate change efforts.

Another important theme is investing in and growing the ‘clean’ technology sectors of developing countries, so that the economic opportunities presented by clean technologies are realized.

Speakers are

  • Jatin Singh, CEO SkyMet (India)
  • Frank Rijsberman, Director Program of Google.org
  • Monique Meche, Director, Environment Policy and Sustainability, Cisco Systems

So make sure you’ll be online on January 20 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Washington time.

We’ll cover it here on the blog and tweet about it – the hashtag is #it4dev.

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IT for Climate-Smart Development: “Not Your Grandfather’s Bank”
was published on 14.01.2010 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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