Supporting the South Sudan government’s journey to a sustainable, low carbon future
ClimateCare helped the South Sudan government to gain a comprehensive view of its country’s climate risks and opportunities, and communicate them clearly to the UNFCCC. By harnessing this information, they can move towards a more sustainable future. Significantly, we identified that methane produced by the country’s cattle was the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. South Sudan has the second largest number of cattle per capita in the world and many families make a living as smallholder cattle farmers. Climate change threatens the livelihood of these farmers and others, as droughts and floods can destroy entire herds and crops. We also advised various ways of promoting food security in vulnerable areas, including developing drought-resistant seeds, improving irrigation, and introducing an insurance scheme so farmers can claim after a natural disaster and rebuild their herds and lives. Finally, as the country moves towards a national electricity grid, we suggested ways to invest in renewable energy and replace polluting fossil fuels with cleaner alternatives. These ranged from solar lanterns and home systems for families, to solar-powered water pumps for agriculture and hydro-powered mini-grids for businesses.