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1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
1   Environmental Sustainability Ws   Tony Vetter
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    • 1. Mobile applications for Environmental Sustainability Tony Vetter, Project Officer, Knowledge Communications October 14, 2008
    • 2. International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
      • founded in 1990 in response to the Brundtland Commission report “Our Common Future”
      • non-profit, non-governmental research institute demonstrating how human ingenuity can sustainably improve the development of our global environment, economy and society
      • 150 people located in more than 30 countries, conducting research and providing expert knowledge and analysis
    • 3. Sustainable Development and ICT
      • “ for sustainable development to be effective and efficient, it must harness the institutions and tools of the information society”
    • 4. ICT Effects Source: ETNO & WWF, 2007, “Saving the Climate @ the Speed of Light”
    • 5. Implementation Local Global Observation
      • Global Environmental Observation
        • GIS systems
          • Atmospheric
          • Vegetation / Ground Water
          • Surface / Water Temperature
        • GHG Tracking
          • Consumption metering
          • Atmospheric measurements
        • Reporting Systems
          • Mash-ups / SOA / Web 2.0
      • Global Action / Management Plans
        • Early Warning Systems
          • Famine / Drought
          • Natural Disasters
        • Environmental Mitigation
          • Carbon-trading
          • Conservation Planning
        • International Agreements
          • Ratification
          • Implementation
      • Local Environmental Observation
        • Capacity building
          • Awareness of threats
          • Identifying impact
        • Data Entry
          • Web 2.0 / Wiki data logs
        • Appropriate Technology
          • SMS / Mobile Phone usage
          • Cultural adaptation
      • Local Action / Management Plans
        • Resource Management
          • Access / Allocation
          • Enforcement
          • Support and Funding
        • Professional Development
        • Response Planning
          • Early warning response
          • Conflict avoidance
      DIRECT EFFECTS
    • 6. Indirect and Systemic Effects
      • Capacity to self-organize is a vital tool for people to challenge unsustainable practices
        • to demand their rightful place in developing alternatives for sustainability
        • to change social and economic structures which negatively affect their communities
      • ICT has dramatically lowered the transaction costs associated with social organization
    • 7. What is “Networked Governance”?
      • IISD uses the term “networked governance” to refer to emerging patterns of ICT-enabled interaction that are transforming
        • Economic, social and government structures (the information economy and society, wikinomics, etc.)
        • Communication among individuals, groups and communities (social networking, web 2.0, etc.)
        • Interactions between natural and artificial environments (the Internet of Things, ubiquitous networks, etc.)
      • These are examples of the “indirect” and “systemic” effects of ICTs
    • 8. Mobiles – “technically feasible to connect the world” http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/statistics/
    • 9. Mobile applications for Environmental Sustainability
      • Text Messaging
      • Wildlife tracking
      • Participatory Urbanism
    • 10. Text Messaging
      • Environmental activism
        • Greenpeace Argentina’s Forest Law campaign
      • Product information for consumers
        • FishMS, Climate Counts, MomsRising
      • Environmental alerts for citizens
        • airTEXT, Ergo
      • Tracking environmental footprint
        • mobGAS
    • 11. Wildlife tracking
      • Save the Elephants - Pioneering Animal Tracking Project
        • Safaricom and Vodafone Foundations
      • Sumatra’s Kerinci-Seblat National Park
        • Fauna and Flora International’s Tiger Protection Units
    • 12. Save the Elephants - Pioneering Animal Tracking Project
      • Uses GSM to pinpoint animals
        • download an almost continuous stream of data
        • longer battery life than before
      • reduction in the risk of human/wildlife conflict
      • detected unusual movements in the elephant population during severe drought
    • 13. Fauna and Flora International’s Tiger Protection Units
      • mobile phone technology has contributed directly to the success on several occasions, and led to the arrest of poachers, brokers and corrupt politicians
      • Camera phones have enabled compiling of rogues’ gallery of dealers, brokers and poachers without their knowledge.
    • 14. Participatory Urbanism
      • Cambridge Mobile Urban Sensing (CamMobSens)
      • SensorPlanet - Nokia Research Center
      • Intel Research and UC Berkeley - Urban Atmospheres
      • UCLA Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) - Urban Sensing
    • 15. Widespread use still impeded by a number of issues:
      • Effective information and knowledge management systems for mobiles
      • Effective outreach strategies
      • How to ensure privacy while still transmitting useful information
      • Ensuring data accuracy
      • Preventing sensor tampering and system misuse
    • 16. Presenters
      • Hernán Pablo Nadal, Greenpeace Argentina
        • Greenpeace Argentina’s Forest Law campaign
      • Barry Coetzee, FishMS
        • FishMS and influencing consumer choice
      • Dr Nithya Ramanathan, UCLA's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS)
        • Urban Sensing Applications
    • 17. THANK YOU Tony Vetter - Project Manager, Knowledge Communications Program E-mail: tvetter@iisd.ca

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