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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

The Emerging Role of IT in Environment Sustainability

Kishore Deshpande
President & CEO-Universal Software Corporation
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Kishore Deshpande
Established in 1992, Universal Software Corporation is a provider of IT consulting and staff augmentation, IT project outsourcing, offshore software development services, and IT project management.

Would the next war be fought over water? As soon as 2025, large parts of the world could experience perennial water shortages, says Dr. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center and a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, and risk analysis. Where and how Information technology meets environmental sustainability?

Rising global population, depleting natural resources and extreme weather events are bringing challenges all across the world. These challenges consist of water, sanitation, food supply, public health, and migration. For political states these are policy and implementation issues, while for entrepreneurial minds these are growing business opportunities.

The word "Sustainability" means the capacity to endure while the phrase, "Environmental Sustainability" means enduring natural resources and life on the earth for present and future generations. United Nations introduced "Environmental Sustainability" term as a part of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and referred to this in part as integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reversing loss of environmental resources.

“Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)” services are increasingly in demand to address and to provide solutions pertaining to environmental sustainability. ICT enables several critical functions needed in environment sustainability. Smart data collection, data gathering, data synthesis and intelligent reporting, public communication system, updated maps with resources and marked locations for potential natural hazards are required by governments at all levels. ICT is being used to track the progress made and to plan water, sanitation, health and similar services.


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