CLIMATE CHANGE

There are two aspects to this problem. Firstly, society as a whole needs to develop new land use practices, economic activities, infrastructure and ecosystems to adapt to altered climates, and secondly, atmospheric carbon dioxide needs to be managed.

C4 provides technical expertise in both of these arenas.

ADAPTATION

•  Adapting to climate change requires a multi-disciplinary approach.
•  Active participation of governments, private businesses, NGOs, academia, civil society and individuals is required to increase the resilience of local communities to climate change risks such as rising temperatures, floods, droughts and sea level rise.
• C4 specialises in working in this multi-disciplinary arena. Our projects and investments are developed for clients by assessing the climate change risks in a particular region and then developing interventions for adapting to those risks.

MITIGATION

• Managing carbon dioxide can be part of an adaptation strategy.
• This is because it can be captured from the atmosphere when restoring degraded ecosystems and improving agricultural practices. The benefits of this carbon capture usually include enhanced soil quality, improved functioning of water catchments and increased productivity of natural and agricultural systems.
• Furthermore, carbon credits – which can be sold on the voluntary carbon market – can potentially be generated from this change in land use. C4 has developed several projects that generate carbon credits through the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance – the premier certification standards in the voluntary carbon market.

“ C4 EcoSolutions is currently designing two biodiversity projects in Afghanistan for the UNDP and FAO. Both projects focus on conservation and restoration of critical ecosystems to support populations of endangered species such as Himalayan black bear, markhor, snow leopard, Marco Polo sheep and urial. ”

René SchieritzBSc Ecology and Environmental & Geographical Sciences, BSc (Honours) Environmental & Geographical Sciences, MSc Environmental & Geographical Sciences