Information and Communication Technology application of village Information Centres are computerbased information network set up in villages to supply locally-needed information and to empower the villagers. They are called by different names: tele-centres; village information centres; village resource centres and their subunits village knowledge centres; and information kiosks. They are particularly effective in 1000-odd km coastline of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry prone to disasters and are widely acclaimed as successful ICT ventures.

Such village knowledge centres and village resource centres (VKC) initiatives of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society, Pondicherry, DHAN foundation Madurai, Sathiyabhama university in kaniyakumari and Nagargoil coastal districts are an effort to present workable models of providing information and communication technology (ICT) for development. Villagers in a fishing village are keen to get accurate forecasts of wave heights and location of fish shoals. The women need more information on health-related issues from women doctors. That is why it is important to provide timely locale-specific information. The information provided should be authentic and useful in the specific context. Staff of village knowledge centres work closely with partner organizations such as government hospitals,health organizations, judicial courts, agricultural universities, research laboratories and field stations and marketing organizations.

ICTs are tried out to bridge gender, social, economic and technological divides. The resource centre is at the core of the ICT for rural development movement. Particularly under the circumstances of climate change when temperature rises, crops fail and fish yield decreases, people indulging in these as primary occupations are left with less money, and any sort of support including that promoting good health is really a great relief.

The paper would examine the challenges and opportunities, potentials and pitfalls of using ICTs for tackling climate change, particularly in coastal areas which are more sensitive towards climate change. The study would specifically focus on village resource centres and explore their role and relevance for creating climate change awareness. The prime objective of the study is to study the effectiveness of Information and Communication Technologies particularly village resource centres (VRCs) in creating climate change awareness particularly in coastal areas.

Some village knowledge centres and village resource centres along coastal areas have been studied. The reason for targeting socio-economic backward coastal communities is that they have not taken environmental and climate change lessons and honing the skills of the people in this coastal area will have great social impact. Although educational level may be low, environment awareness is increasing in the coastal areas as coastal environment is fragile and prone to several hazards such as cyclones and the resultant storm surges, and the coastal communities have an urge to protect ecology.

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Adaptations for climate change and coastal disasters using information and communication technology

G. Murugan   Anna University

I. Aram   Anna University

Information and Communication Technology application of village Information Centres are computerbased information network set up in villages to supply locally-needed information and to empower the villagers. They are called by different names: tele-centres; village information centres; village resource centres and their subunits village knowledge centres; and information kiosks. They are particularly effective in 1000-odd km coastline of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry prone to disasters and are widely acclaimed as successful ICT ventures.

Such village knowledge centres and village resource centres (VKC) initiatives of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society, Pondicherry, DHAN foundation Madurai, Sathiyabhama university in kaniyakumari and Nagargoil coastal districts are an effort to present workable models of providing information and communication technology (ICT) for development. Villagers in a fishing village are keen to get accurate forecasts of wave heights and location of fish shoals. The women need more information on health-related issues from women doctors. That is why it is important to provide timely locale-specific information. The information provided should be authentic and useful in the specific context. Staff of village knowledge centres work closely with partner organizations such as government hospitals,health organizations, judicial courts, agricultural universities, research laboratories and field stations and marketing organizations.

ICTs are tried out to bridge gender, social, economic and technological divides. The resource centre is at the core of the ICT for rural development movement. Particularly under the circumstances of climate change when temperature rises, crops fail and fish yield decreases, people indulging in these as primary occupations are left with less money, and any sort of support including that promoting good health is really a great relief.

The paper would examine the challenges and opportunities, potentials and pitfalls of using ICTs for tackling climate change, particularly in coastal areas which are more sensitive towards climate change. The study would specifically focus on village resource centres and explore their role and relevance for creating climate change awareness. The prime objective of the study is to study the effectiveness of Information and Communication Technologies particularly village resource centres (VRCs) in creating climate change awareness particularly in coastal areas.

Some village knowledge centres and village resource centres along coastal areas have been studied. The reason for targeting socio-economic backward coastal communities is that they have not taken environmental and climate change lessons and honing the skills of the people in this coastal area will have great social impact. Although educational level may be low, environment awareness is increasing in the coastal areas as coastal environment is fragile and prone to several hazards such as cyclones and the resultant storm surges, and the coastal communities have an urge to protect ecology.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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