Three new case studies analysing use of ICTs for climate change monitoring in developing countries are available online at: http://www.niccd.org/casestudies.htm
The cases can be used for practitioner/strategy guidance, training materials, or research.
Each case outlines the nature of the ICT application, the drivers and objectives behind the case, its stakeholders, an evaluation of cost/benefit and success/failure, analysis of key enablers and challenges, and a summary set of lessons learned and recommendations.
ICT-Based Monitoring of Climate Change-Related Deforestation: The Case of INPE in the Brazilian Amazon analyses a remote sensing/GIS-based system that provides data for rangers, scientists and others, and that enables deforestation to be monitored and reduced.
Improving Access to Mapping, Modelling and Scenario-Building Technology in Climate-Vulnerable Regions: Learning from ClimSAT describes an international partnership that sought to build ICT and informational capacity within regional governments, in order to improve their ability to monitor and plan for climate change.
Learning from Egypt's Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Systems investigates Egypt's attempts to build and integrate high-level environmental information systems, for strategic planning and in order to provide country reports as required by the UNFCCC.
Links to thematic papers, strategy briefs, other case studies and materials on ICTs, climate change and development can be found at: http://www.niccd.org/
These case studies are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca) and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk).
Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina