During the recently held Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013, TERI announced the launch of a portal created with the aim to exchange knowledge on sustainable development.
New Delhi – As sustainable development has wide implications, it is important to draw lessons from the vast amount of available information in understanding and capturing ground realities in the various issues related to the sector. Exchange of ideas and knowledge would help identify and understand knowledge gaps in various areas in order to effectively achieve the intended goals of sustainability.
Keeping this in mind, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched a web portal – Knowledge x-change on Sustainable Development (KxSD) – an initiative supported by the U.K. Government.
The portal was launched during the recently held flagship event of TERI, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 (DSDS 2013), by the Leadership Panel 1 comprising Ambassador C. Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI; H.E. Mr. Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana; H.E. Mr. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati; and Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI.
The portal aims to:
- Facilitate knowledge sharing across the facets of sustainable development;
- Showcase new research and innovative practices, share knowledge and success stories from diverse regions and sectors targeted at policy makers and the wider research community; and
- Focus on three main dimensions of sustainable development – policy imperatives, technology & innovations, and community partnerships.
Policy: Conducive policies and supporting regulatory frameworks are essential for facilitating sustainable growth in various sectors of the economy. Exchange of ideas and knowledge through the portal will help identify/understand the policy gaps in various areas and also to further amend these in order to make them more effective in achieving the intended goals.
Technology & Innovation: Emerging sustainable technologies are vital to strengthen efforts for achieving the goals of sustainable development. The portal facilitates dissemination of information on technologies that are low cost, more efficient, appropriate to the local, regional and global conditions and within the technical capacity of the benefiting community to operate and maintain.
Community Partnership: Developing sustainable communities is significant for fostering social equity and civil society participation in planning and implementation of sustainability. The portal seeks to promote community partnership issues and development processes to create awareness among various stakeholders.
The portal is an effort towards synergizing experiences and knowledge exchange on diverse sectors related to sustainable development. The portal includes sectors covering – Energy; Climate Change; Natural Resources; Waste Management; Sustainable Infrastructure; Poverty & Livelihoods; and Health.
The website features:
Resources: This platform serves as a comprehensive repository of knowledge resources on various issues related to sustainable development. Under Success Stories, case studies and best practices are captured to demonstrate innovation initiatives. Innovations highlight clean and appropriate technologies that have implications at global as well as local level. Information Bank is a collation of bibliographic details of information resources such as Government documents; research papers; policy briefs; reports; policies, acts and notifications. News section provides details of recent developments in the field of sustainable development.
Statistical Data: Statistics are of importance for preparation, planning and monitoring of policies as well as for scientific research. This section provides spatial and graphical representation of statistics in the form of maps and graphics arranged according to location and themes.
Knowledge Café: This section includes interviews and deliberations of eminent personalities sharing their views on sustainable development issues.
Policy Instruments: This platform facilitates sharing best practices and case studies on various policy instruments with an objective to help policy-makers and the civil society to make informed policy choices.
Share Your Knowledge: This platform allows registered users to submit resources in the form of form of innovations, success stories, papers, statistics, recent developments related to sustainable development.
For more information, visit www.kxsd.org.