A large percentage of the world’s biodiversity is threatened

This is 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.

Human socio-economic systems and ecological systems are inextricably linked in complex adaptive systems. Therefore, climate change adaptation should not be a question of human resilience or biodiversity resilience. Rather, adaptation interventions that benefit both people and ecosystems will facilitate true systemic resilience.

Louise Brown

Junior Consultant