BIODIVERSITY

A large percentage of the world’s biodiversity is threatened as a result of deforestation, overstocking with livestock, urban sprawl and expansion of agriculture.

C4 specialises in developing innovative strategies that conserve biodiversity yet maintain the productivity of agricultural landscapes for local communities. The solutions will vary depending on the local social context and the particular ecosystem.

BROAD PRINCIPLES

•   Certain environments require complete protection.
•   Detailed land use plans should be developed with local communities.
•   Appropriate governance structures and financing mechanisms for implementing the land use plans should be developed.
•   Agricultural practices should be intensified.
•   Degraded ecosystems should be restored to maximise the supply of ecosystem goods and services to local communities.

“Biodiversity conservation is a truly transdisciplinary field. Natural scientists, economists, social scientists, policy makers and local communities need to come together to understand how to value biodiversity, understand its role in our daily lives and, ultimately, what steps to take in order to maintain it.”

René SchieritzClimate Change and Environmental Consultant