16.4.4 Capability to Choose, Adopt, and Adapt Technologies
Capacity is a function of the ability to access, adapt, and manage technologies.
Building an adequate technical infrastructure, and training managers and engineers
to incorporate environmental issues in the decision making processes have been
continuing problems in both economic development and environmental improvement.
Several cases (cited in Chapter 9) show that developing
indigenous capacity plays an important role in facilitating informed technological
choices, and allows for greater capacity to innovate and adapt the technology
to suit local conditions.