Planting the Knowledge Seed Adapting to climate change using ICTs. Concepts, current knowledge and innovative examples
It editors specifically:
- provides an overview of linking the strategic use of ICTs to climate change
- summarises the discussions and conclusions of the BCO Learning Day on ICTs and Climate Change held in December 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa
- demonstrates innovative applications through concrete project examples
- starts a dialogue and stimulate a debate about the added value and applicability of ICTs inclimate change programmes.
Some of the general conclusions include:
- climate change: The communications challenge of separate spheres of experience: ICTs have a fundamental role to play in narrowing the experience gap between different sets of people, so that meeting the challenge of adapting to climate change becomes a collective and informed response, and so that information and knowledge are shared widely and fluidly between different stakeholders.
- systematic integration of ICTs as strategic tools in response to climate change: There is no need to “reinvent the wheel”, since good practices and lessons learned from existing development programmes on the strategic use of ICTs can be built upon. There is a need to apply and build on good practices found in current ICT and development approaches within specific development sectors when responding to climate change.
- the need for awareness raising and capacity development among all development Stakeholders: Awareness raising and capacity development around the potential of using ICTs to adapt to climate change need to happen at all levels. All relevant stakeholders should be included in these interventions.
- the need for documentation and storytelling at the local level
- raising voices through community radio, which can be at the epicentre of a people-centric climate change response
- the power of the visual through the use of videos
- information and knowledge sharing around climate change can serve as a catalyst for broader ICT adoption
- real community ownership and appropriation of technology is possible in combating climate change.