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TEEP ICT CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Project Location
Country: 
Kenya
City: 
Port Victoria
Organization
Organization Name: 
Tumaini Educational Endowment Project
Organization Type: 
Other
Specify: 
Non-Profit Community Based Organization (CBO)
Website
http://www.facebook.com/tumainicbo
Project Type
ICT for environmental sustainability
Project Description
Description Frase (max. 500 characters): 
Using of ICTs to support information and knowledge exchange that enhances monitoring climate, environmental disaster management and adaptation.
Project Summary (max. 2000 characters): 
Low income communities like Bunyala (Port Victoria) stressed and posed with climate change related stressors, need to develop the capacity to adapt to climate change in order to cope with short-term shocks and long-term trends. ICTs will form an essential part of that development. Our initiatives successfully combine local and external information and knowledge to make a valuCommunications, Early warning systems. 3. ADAPTATION: Environment, health & resource management, up scaling technologies and building resilience.able contribution to deliberate, pre-planned strategies for adaptation, focusing on the informational role of ICTs and combining local and external capacities. Climate change adaptation demand emergent actions that cannot be foreseen in advance, and which require the development of communities more as self organizing systems. The project concentrates on the adoption of new and emergent technologies in three broad and interrelated activities: (1) monitoring of climate change and the environment, (2) disaster management, accounting for preparation, early warning systems (EWS), and response and recovery, and (3) climate change adaptation. Other pertinent activities such as mitigation, resource management, education and capacity building, networking, monitoring and evaluation, and climate modelling are also to be addressed in stages. Specifically Information and communication technologies involve: 1. MONITORING: Observe, Detect & predict, Inform science & decision making. 2. DISASTER MANAGEMENT: Communications, Early warning systems. 3. ADAPTATION: Environment, health & resource management, up scaling technologies and building resilience.
How long has your project been running?
05/2011
Objectives and Innovative Aspects
What are the specific objectives of the project and what are the instruments used to achieve them?: 
Our objective is to explore the possibility of using ICT for sustainable development of environment by using: PDAs  (Personal Digital Assistants) for food security and climate monitoring to collect data regarding changes in food security and climate situations; to build a Health Information Network by using electronic data upload and download through PDAs and mobile phones to facilitate decision making among health workers located in remote health centres; to use Data-Agro by sending SMS to farmers using low-cost mobiles regarding information on weather forecasts, market prices and cultivation practices; set up an environment Text Centre where the information is processed and responses are sent back via SMS and where Farmers and field volunteers send text to a central Internet-connected server where information is processed and responses are sent back; establish Flood Warning Systems that uses mobile phones to collect data for flood forecasting and forward to central early warning systems, which are then disseminated via traditional warning systems; set up Warning System Technologies, thst uses a wide range of new and emergent ICTs for receiving and disseminating alert messages to the public or central command posts.  With availability of resources we would like to implement the use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs ) are systems of intelligent sensor nodes deployed to monitor particular environmental cues, such as temperature, light intensity, water levels, local meteorological data and pollutant level. The ICT is used to map the vulnerable areas for environmental conservation and data keeping for action.
Results
Describe the results achieved by your project How do you measure (parameters) these. (max. 2000 characters): 
We can now use the ICT experiences to for potential ICT development projects to support both deliberate and planned strategies in practice.We have transformed the loop to largely work for communities to particularly become more self-organising as  they had not particularly developed local informational capacities or, at least, not to extent necessary given the demands being placed on them by the increasing intensity and frequency of climate change and related stressors. Communities are now more informed and involved in environment management and development. We recognise that since agriculture, including forestry, livestock and land-use changes, account heavily on global greenhouse gas emissions, the sector needs to be included in climate change management and reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation programmes. Moreover the project acknowledging that agriculture is the main driver of deforestation recognizes the interface between sustainable agriculture and reduced deforestation. “Re-greening landscapes” is a key element of climate efficient agriculture. In Bunyala emissions from land use, land use change and forest deforestation account for high of GHG (global greenhouse gas emissions).
How many users interact with your project monthly and what are the preferred forms of interaction? (max. 500 characters): 
2450 users per month, that would translate to 894250 users per year. The ICTs will be used to improve practices in agriculture and forestry; monitor air and water pollution; improve disaster warning and relief; improve the efficiency of the energy, transportation, and goods and services sectors; and harness social networking for transformative change.
Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project (from beginning to end)?: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in Euro)?: 
More than 500.000 Euro
Is your project economically self sufficient now?: 
No
Since when?: 
05/2011
When is it expected to become self-sufficient?: 
05/2017
Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere?: 
Yes
Where? By whom?: 
Lake basin flood prone communities for disaster management and adaptation.
What lessons can others learn from your project? (max. 1500 characters): 
Others can learn from our project, that: ICTs play a crucial part in the development of climate change adaptive capacity. They do this in four ways: i) by combining existing data in new ways; ii) by enabling access to new data, information and knowledge; iii) by reducing costs of access to transactions and services; and iv) by their productive role in ICT-based enterprise. Our focus here has been largely on the first two applications, with the more transactional and productive roles that ICTs can play set aside due to lack of evidence, at least in relation to climate change adaptation. The dominant pattern of thinking on climate change adaptation has been top-down, deliberate, planned. This is a vital part of capacity building, but it is only a part. There needs to be equal recognition that many climate change adaptive actions will be emergent unplanned and arising from within individual communities and regions that should be understood as complex adaptive systems. The application of ICTs to climate change adaptation must also be shaped by this equality of recognition.
Are you available to help others to start or work on similar projects?: 
Yes

Finding Love Of natuRe Again - The Human Impact upon FLORA in the 21-st Century

Project Location
Country: 
Romania
City: 
PIATRA NEAMT
Organization
Organization Name: 
National College of Computer Science
Organization Type: 
0
Website
http://cni.nt.edu.ro/flora
Project Type
Education from 16 to 18 years
Project Description
Description Frase (max. 500 characters): 
Development of students' fundamental abilities with a view to asserting an active European citizenship by improving an environmental problem.
Project Summary (max. 2000 characters): 
Starting from the students, teachers, parents and local community need to collaborate in solving an ecological problem and making the public opinion become sensitive towards it we initiated a partnership with three European schools (Colegio Heidelberg S.A. - Spain, Zespol Szkol Technicznych i Ogolnoksztalcacych nr 1-VIII Liceul Ogolnoksztalcace - Poland, Uddevalla gymnasieskola - Sweden). For this purpose we created and administrated a website encompassing the following: information about each of the partners, presentation of ecological problems identified in the areas surrounding the partners schools, photos taken durring thematic trips, meetings and tree-planting activities, an ecological polyglot (En-RO-Es-SW-PL) dictionary, the syllabus for an optional cross-curricular course initiated as a result of the partership. In the present, as a means of ensurring sustainability the project is implemented by the school's ecology club).
How long has your project been running?
08/2009
Objectives and Innovative Aspects
What are the specific objectives of the project and what are the instruments used to achieve them?: 
The project addresses an environmental problem: identifying a plant that is threatened with extinction and finding solutions to ameliorating it. The specific objectives are the following: - to consolidate student's learning abilities by involving them in experimental activities within natural sciences; - to consolidate cross-curricular education through exchange of scientific information and practical solutions to environmental problems common to different countries; - to acquire key transversal skills: digital, by creating digital materials for optional courses; interpersonal and civic skills by identifying an environmental problem which will be solved by working in teams and attracting the interes of the local community; entrepreneurial skills, by making an amelioration plan for the environmental problem from designing it to attracting resources and disseminating its result a larger public; - to extend students' participation in educational opportunities through practical activities in nature; - to develop innovating strategies in the teaching-learning process by creating an optional cross-curricular course taught in teams; - to develop linguistic and communication skills in English as well as the languages of the partners by using the final products; - to promote and consolidate the skills of the students and teachers with a view to using as efficiently as possible the opportunities created by the digital educational content developed in the final products of the project.
Results
Describe the results achieved by your project How do you measure (parameters) these. (max. 2000 characters): 
The main final products of the project are: - the website in English and the languages of the partners, in use both during the project and after completing it, containing all the activities and results of scientific observation of the project; - scientific booklet and educational CD with information necessary for the optional inter and cross-curricular course; - an ecology club which will identify and try to ameliorate environmental problems after finishing the project as well; - natural areas taken care of by the students and teachers involved in the project both during the implementation of the project and after finishing it.
How many users interact with your project monthly and what are the preferred forms of interaction? (max. 500 characters): 
There are approximate number of 250 users who interact every month within chat, form, the ecology club but also durring thematic trips and project meetings.
Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project (from beginning to end)?: 
From 1 to 3 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in Euro)?: 
From 10.001 to 30.000 Euro
Specify: 
European fonds
Is your project economically self sufficient now?: 
Mihai Viteazu, 12, Piatra Neamt, Romania
Since when?: 
01/2010
Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere?: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project? (max. 1500 characters): 
Our project facilitates students and teachers progress by presenting a website containing materials for an optional course as well as materials for a cross - curricular course entitled Eco-nomy. The database containing scientific results is used by students and teachers during Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geography classes as well as Photographic Art Optional classes. The parents and local community can access information on the website, can view problem and solution promotion posters, the online photo exhibition, developing in the way civic spirit. The linguistic and IT skills for students and teachers from the target group is improved by using the information uploaded on the website as well as by updating it by student and teachers.
Are you available to help others to start or work on similar projects?: 
Yes
Background Information
Future plans and wish list (max. 750 characters): 
In our school: -presenting the activities and results in teacher meetings, school departments meetings, during counseling and orientation classes; -using the optional course; -preparing a corner in our school with the photo exhibition. In the local community: -interviews, documentaries encompassed during and after the implementation of the project in the media; -posters displayed in public places and in the partners institutions; -leaflets distributed in order to promote the project in schools, public institutions, economic agents to attract human and material resources to ameliorate the environmental problem; -putting the theatre play on stage in different places in order to turn the public sensitive towards environmental problems.

The Goblins of four seasons

Project Location
Country: 
Italy
City: 
Rionero in vulture, Basilicata
Organization
Organization Name: 
Scuola Primaria Statale " M. Preziuso"Rionero in Vulture
Organization Type: 
0
Website
http://goblinsoffourseasons.blogspot.com
Project Type
ICT for environmental sustainability
Project Description
Description Frase (max. 500 characters): 
It's an eTwinning project aimed to promote development of active citizen, responsible towards the environment and culture, able to fit into an active and driving in the society of the 21st century.
Project Summary (max. 2000 characters): 
The theme of the project is tied to the four seasons. The sequence of the four seasons, in fact, determined by the rotational movement of the earth, means that in every part of the earth be repeated annually the same climatic conditions. This has an important role for all living beings in general, and for the man in particular. At different climatic conditions, in fact, man has responded by developing its own culture and its own way of life. Based on the consolidation and expansion of knowledge of their surroundings and starting from the fantasy world of fairy tales, students are guided through the WebQuest, the safe and responsible use of Web 2.0 tools and international collaboration, to become aware of ever wider areas and far between related, as well as the variety of natural elements and humans interacting in them.
How long has your project been running?
07/2009
Objectives and Innovative Aspects
What are the specific objectives of the project and what are the instruments used to achieve them?: 
 From Recommendation of the European Parliament and of Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning, from OECD) # Knowing how to find, select and reuse information. # Use new technologies to process data, text and images, produce documents in different situations. # Being able to share experiences and knowledge learned. # Knowing how to organize own work. # Search appropriate strategies to solve problems. # Facilitate the transition from experiencing culture to culture as shared intellectual reconstruction # Increasing pupils' motivation in learning. # Consolidate the concept of seasons as time with specific characteristics relating to temperature, aspect of nature, clothing, traditions, foods. # Understand that humans change the environment in relation to their needs. # Acquire the concepts of transformation and adaptation. # Understand that every fact or phenomenon is related to others, taking different values and weights and that each phenomenon generates other and for the sustainability of society we live in is necessary to take into account the multiple aspects of natural and anthropogenic in mutuality # Stimulate the ability of the students to relate positively with other peoples and environments in Europe. # Facilitate the acquisition of an ecological conscience. # Develop a positive attitude towards the English language to arouse interest in different cultures and peoples.
Results
Describe the results achieved by your project How do you measure (parameters) these. (max. 2000 characters): 
The benefits from implementation of this project are linked to achieving the  objectives underlying the project derived from Recommendation of the European Parliament and of Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning, from OECD) .
How many users interact with your project monthly and what are the preferred forms of interaction? (max. 500 characters): 
The project involve several European schools. We cooperate by email, chat, videoconference, blog, twinspace, wiky
Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project (from beginning to end)?: 
From 1 to 3 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in Euro)?: 
Less than 10.000 Euro
Specify: 
Autofinanziamento, attivtà  di volontariato dei docenti che credono nel valore formativo di tali attività 
Is your project economically self sufficient now?: 
Via S. antonio,6 85028 Rionero in Vulture
Since when?: 
07/2009
Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere?: 
Yes
Where? By whom?: 
eTwinning. The project was awarded with national and european QL in many partners schools.
What lessons can others learn from your project? (max. 1500 characters): 
These aspect is related to the project structure and the topic addressed as the basic element is the management aware of information and thematic development, both essential skills for the society of the 21st century and the acquisition of an ecological conscience.
Are you available to help others to start or work on similar projects?: 
Yes
Background Information
Barriers and Solutions (max. 1000 characters): 
Sometimes technical problems due to malfunctioning of ICT tools. Dearth of ICT tools in schools
Future plans and wish list (max. 750 characters): 
The project will be implemented over the years in the different partner schools, which will also ensure the strengthening and greater understanding and cooperation among the various participating schools. Hopefully that will come into action even schools that have joined and which have not yet been able to work actively for the reasons are more varied. In this way the project will be implemented in other European countries.