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GEMET
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Environmental
Thesaurus
appropriate technology
Definition

1) A flexible and participatory approach to developing economically viable, regionally applicable and sustainable technology. 2) Technology designed to be used in developing countries. Typical requirements are that it should: be easy to use by the unskilled; have no difficult-to-get parts; be easily repaired on the spot. Typical example: a simple windmill to pump water rather than a diesel-driven pump. The terms `alternative', `intermediate' and `appropriate' are often used interchangeably.

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Scope note

techology transfer

Concept URL: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept/498