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ITU Workshop on “Tackling Climate Change and Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Measurement” (Cotonou, Benin, 19 July 2012). Towards Concerted African Efforts in ICT and Climate Change ( Snapshots From ITU- T Q23/5, Egypt and Ghana). Nevine Tewfik

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Nevine tewfik director research policies and strategic planning mcit egypt ntewfik mcit eg

ITU Workshop on

“Tackling Climate Change and Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Measurement”(Cotonou, Benin, 19 July 2012)

Towards Concerted African Efforts in ICT and Climate Change (Snapshots From ITU- T Q23/5, Egypt and Ghana)

Nevine Tewfik

Director, Research, Policies and Strategic Planning

MCIT- Egypt

ntewfik@mcit.gov.eg


Some facts about africa and climate change
Some Facts About Africa and Climate Change

According to the ITU and Gesi report on Using ICTs to tackle Climate Change: There will be a predicted rise in average temperature of 1.1-6.4°C6 during the 21st century7. The results will be uneven in their distribution, with low-lying coastal areas at risk because of rising sea levels and sub- Saharan Africa at risk due to desertification… a growing number of refugees and increased pressure on water sources and vulnerable ecosystems. By 2020, up to a quarter of a billion Africans will experience increased water stress, and crop yields in some African countries are expected to drop…


Nevine tewfik director research policies and strategic planning mcit egypt ntewfik mcit eg

SG5- Q23

The ITU Survey on ICT and Climate Change- 2011

Some countries provided more than one answer (e.g. Belgium=2, People’s Republic of China=2, Finland=3, Greece=7, Japan=3, Spain=2, Russian Federation=2, United Kingdom=2)Entries received from Ministries, Regulatory Authorities, Sector Members and Associates




Revised tasks of q23 5 ict and adaptation
Revised Tasks of Q23/5 ICT and Adaptation

  • Produce a Recommendation on: Best practices for countries to use ICT in adapting to the effects of climate change

  • Produce a Recommendation on: Adapting the ICT sector and infrastructure to the impacts of climate change

  • Develop an ICT and Climate Change Adaptation portal based on the recommendation that would include best practices on ICT and Climate Change.



1 st largest regional technology park
1 Sector Strategy 2012- 2017stLargestRegional TechnologyPark

NC4CIT

Nile Corridor for Communications & Information technology

Community Development

Infrastructure & Policies

Business Development

Education

Infrastructure &

IT Parks

ICT Business Partnership

Health

Regulatory Environment

ICT

Entrepreneurship

Poverty Reduction

Market Research & Business Indicators

Network Security

Women & child

In Process: e-waste Academy with Step Initiative… Water Management Workshop with ITU… Local Portal

Democracy & Governance


Itu project in ghana
ITU Project in Ghana Sector Strategy 2012- 2017

“Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and ICTs:

The Case of Ghana”


Impacts of climate change in ghana
Impacts of Climate Change in Ghana Sector Strategy 2012- 2017

“Africa's contribution to greenhouse gases is low; however the continent is suffering the most in terms of the effects of climate change.

Cocoa for instance could become a rare crop in the next 15 years if something is not done to reverse the effects of climate change.”

H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Vice President, Ghana

  • Evidence of climate change abound in Ghana. Temperature has increased by 0.6 - 0.8 °C since 1960.

  • According to projections of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by 2080 the rainfall will reduce by 20% to 40% while the temperature will rise by 4.5 C.

  • All these conditions will not be suitable for the growing of cocoa anywhere in the country.

  • The rainfall pattern is affecting maize production. By 2020 it is projected that there will be a 7% decline in production.


Ict and cc adaptation at different levels the case of ghana
ICT and CC Adaptation at Different Levels: Sector Strategy 2012- 2017The Case of Ghana

ICTs

Ghana’s Climate Change Adaptation

ICTs & CC Adaptation

INTERNATIONAL

Level

  • Role within International CC Negotiations and Actions

Key Stages of the Adaptation Process:

  • Informed Decision Making

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Adaptation Delivery

  • Feedback & Learning

  • Institutional Capacity Building

NATIONAL

Level

Examples related to:

SECTORAL&COMMUNITY

Level

  • Food Security

  • Water Supply

  • Health

  • Infrastructure


Conclusions and recommendations
Conclusions and Recommendations Sector Strategy 2012- 2017

  • More input is needed from African countries to produce a relevant recommendation on best practices on ICT and adaptation as well as adaptation of the ICT sector.

    • Next Meeting of Working Party 3/5 (8-12 October, Geneva)

  • Feedback needed on Roadmap for an Adaptation web site to cater effectively to the needs of the continent.

  • Conducting the survey next year, as well as on a regular basis (once a year).

  • Invite African countries to hold Adaptation Workshops in 2013 together with ITU.


Conclusions and recommendations1
Conclusions and Recommendations Sector Strategy 2012- 2017

  • Consider the revision of resolution 73- Information and Communication Technologies and Climate Change adopted at the WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION ASSEMBLY in Johannesburg, 21-30 October 2008 at the next WTSA meeting in November 2012 for a more relevant and updated text.

    • Use the Montreal Declaration issued by The 7th ITU symposium as a possible reference, as well as recent documents enjoying consensus. http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/climatechange/201205/index.html


Thank you
Thank You Sector Strategy 2012- 2017

  • More information on ITU-T Activities on ICT and CC

    • www.itu.int/itu-t/climatechange