Luangwa Community Forests Project Named as NCS Alliance Lighthouse

BCP is humbled to have the LCFP listed among such a prestigious panel of innovative and impactful Lighthouses.

Leading the Way for the Future of Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change.

On 17th May 2022, The Natural Climate Solutions Alliance launched the NCS Lighthouses, and the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) was one of them!

The NCS Lighthouses highlight Natural Climate Solution examples based on methodological and technological advances focused on mitigating environmental and social risks and generating positive environmental impacts and socio-economic benefits. They elevate the successful human, environmental, and climate stories behind these initiatives.

The NCS Lighthouses, selected based on screening criteria developed by an NCSA Taskforce comprised of NGOs, businesses and solution providers, have demonstrated alignment to the NCSA’s quality principles for NCS credits, as presented within ‘Natural Climate Solutions for Corporates’.

Check out the full list of all six Lighthouses here:

🌏 Sumatra Merang Peatland Project – Indonesia​
🌏 Katingan Mentaya Project – Indonesia​
🌍 Luangwa Community Forests Project – Zambia​
🌎 The Conservation Coast – Guatemala​
🌏 Rimba Raya – Indonesia​
🌍 Mai Ndombe REDD+ – DRC​.

For the bio’s on each of the projects and to find out more about NCS Lighthouses head over to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s page here.

“I felt exceptionally proud to represent BCP’s Luangwa Community Forests Project as a panelist for Natural Climate Solutions Alliance’s first NCS Lighthouse event yesterday. It was a great opportunity to share our own journey, and to hear those of my fellow panelists, sharing insight, lessons learned, and the way forward on how to best mitigate climate change through nature-based solutions”.

Nic Mudaly, BCP Interim CEO.

We wish to thank the WBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Natural Climate Solutions Alliance for hosting us and allowing us to share BCP’s journey with the World!

Wild Dogs Are Crossing Borders using Zambia’s Protected Wildlife Corridors

In 2022 The Zambian Carnivore Programme documented the first recorded dispersal of wild dogs from the Luangwa Valley into Mozambique and back into Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, demonstrating the critical need to safeguard the wild dogs’ habitat in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys.

Wild dogs photographed on the Munyamadzi airstrip (photo courtesy of Munyamadzi Game Reserve).

The African wild dog is Southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore and Africa’s second most endangered carnivore behind the Ethiopian wolf. Wild dog numbers have dwindled so much that they are only found in 14 out of the 39 countries that they once roamed across, with only an estimated 6,600 left on the entire continent. This social and inquisitive mammal, known for traveling in large packs, once roamed the continent. However, due to a combination of habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict (with wild dogs seen as a threat to livestock by farmers), accidental killing, and infectious disease it is now classified as an endangered species globally and found only in sub-Saharan Africa. Wild dogs need well-managed wildlife corridors to survive as it helps connect their increasingly fragmented habitat.

Under constant anthropogenic threats, wild dogs also rely on a healthy prey base, and a healthy prey base needs a protected and healthy ecosystem to support it. Together with Zambian Government, the 12 Chiefdoms that we partner with under the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), and the numerous private game reserves’ conservation efforts, we are working to conserve wild dog habitat in the Luangwa Valley. While wild dogs are not uncommon in Munyamadzi, 2019 marked the first sighting of collared wild dogs that were making their way all the way down from Nsefu, South Luangwa National Park, towards Lower Zambezi National Park. That’s a one-way journey of close to 300kms! The majority of which is outside national parks and through a large portion of the LCFP in Game Management Areas and private ranches. Since then, through Reserve management camera traps, camera trap surveys, and live sightings, our partners at Munyamadzi and Lion Landscapes have recorded numerous sightings.

In March 2022 The Zambian Carnivore Programme released the following exciting announcement, which only reaffirms and goes above and beyond everything we have been seeing in the area to support what the amazing natural resources management stakeholders in Zambia are doing with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to protect Zambia’s wildlife legacy landscapes:

“In April we documented the first recorded dispersal of wild dogs from the Luangwa Valley into Mozambique! Most dogs leave their natal pack between 1 and 3 years of age, usually striking out in same-sex groups in search of forming new — taking over existing — packs. Several females from the Luangwa’s Luamfwa pack dispersed early in the rains and after several months in southern Luangwa Valley, within 42 km of Lower Zambezi National Park, took an abrupt trip south into Mozambique. The dispersing group then returned and is now in… Lower Zambezi! This is the first documentation of dispersal between the Luangwa and mid-Zambezi Valleys and the parks to our knowledge, though it has long been suspected. While the Luangwa Valley still retains connectivity throughout, there were numerous human-impacted landscapes to cover on their transboundary journey”.

“The longest recorded wild dog dispersal we’re aware of is 600 km, and this group is at 1610 km and counting!”

Dr. Matt Becker, ZCP CEO.

Map tracking the dispersal into Mozambique (map courtesy of Zambian Carnivore Programme).

The documentation of this dispersal is exciting for a number of reasons! Wild dogs need large unfenced and protected tracts of habitat to survive, as well as a healthy prey base, and a healthy prey base needs a protected and healthy ecosystem to support it. This journey, largely through community forests is key to proving how REDD+, together with organizations such as the Zambian Carnivore Programme, private game reserves, and operators like Munyamadzi, and DNPW are all collaborating to create a safe and well-managed wildlife corridor so that the wild dog’s habitat is being protected. It is also bringing hope for the future of this emblematic species, as it demonstrates the enormous potential of site (re-)colonization through long-distance dispersal. Restoring safe corridors within the historical range of wild dogs represents an effective conservation strategy for the long-term survival of the species, and the REDD+ program is a sustainable way to achieve this.

“At BCP, we understand that in order to address the issues of habitat destruction and degradation we have to ensure the communities sharing this space are being supported through sustainable projects. The LCFP is a partnership between Government, BCP, and 12 Chiefdoms in the Luangwa, Luano, and Lower Zambezi valleys, across over 1 million hectares of Zambia’s rich biodiversity landscapes, that works to address key drivers of deforestation while benefitting local communities and supporting forest and wildlife restoration through funds generated from the sale of verified carbon offsets. As a result, LCFP is enhancing the quality of life for 217,000 people in 36,000 households in one of Zambia’s most impoverished regions through a partnership-based approach, while ensuring the ecological function maintenance of this protected area network through improved management”.

Nic Mudaly, BCP CEO.

A special mention must go out to our #partnersinconservation for this post – Zambian Carnivore Programme, Munyamadzi Game Reserve, Kazumba Game Reserve, Lion Landscapes, Conservation Lower Zambezi, Lion Recovery Fund, University of Oxford, Darwin Initiative, National Geographic, Forestry Department, and Department of National Parks and Wildlife

Jumbe Chiefdom in Zambia’s Eastern Province Empowers Women

Introducing Faustina, Marcels, Ruth, Brenda, Ayaless, Saphira, Rosemary, Royce, Joyce, and Loyce – The Poultry Farmers breaking barriers and paving the way in Mphata Village of Jumbe Chiefdom, Eastern Province.

The Mpahata Women’s Group of Jumbe Chiefdom, Eastern Province, Zambia.

“We feel empowered and excited to have the opportunity to run our own business. With the revenue from the first round of chickens sold we have invested in EVEN MORE, we improved infrastructure for the coop, and we have plans to start goat rearing with the revenue we forecast will come in based on our sales projections. To just live we need money to pay for education for our children, food for our families, and for seeds to plant with. But with this income, we can see beyond that, and can see a real sustainable business to help enhance our families’ way of living in the long term”.

Rosemary, Mphata Women’s Group, Jumbe.

Through Forest Carbon Fees generated under the Luangwa Community Forests Project, Jumbe Community Forest Management Group supports 9 Village Action Groups in Jumbe Chiefdom, and each Village Action Group supports 2 Women’s Groups in Poultry Farming. Each of the groups is made up of 10-15 women from the community who have been selected by their fellow community members. This initiative by Jumbe Chiefdom is bringing direct income opportunities to 230 women in the Chiefdom, and by family extension – supports over 1,000 people in Jumbe.

Empowering women not only benefits the women but their families and communities as well. These empowered women can help produce more economic output for their communities and act as driving forces to enact real change that gives women access to decision-making at a higher level.

This is just one of the many ways that REDD+ is working in the Luangwa valley to empower women and bring life-changing revenue to communities while conserving the forests and combating climate change.

Find out more about the award-winning LCFP project here.

The Luangwa Community Forests Project Awareness Hour

During the rainy season, many of our community partners here in Eastern Province are cut off from trading points and towns for months at a time due to poor road networks that become impassable when the rains hit. So how do we reach our community partners?

Through the airwaves!

Kudos to Angela and Paul this week for running the awareness through the airwaves – it’s not easy speaking live on air but they aced it as always!

This year our Engagement team launched the Luangwa Community Forests Project Awareness Hour through Mnkhanya Community Radio Program. With a reach of 23,000 people, this segment allows the teams to reach 5 of our partnering Chiefdoms (and beyond) each week.

Every week the team discusses a different topic in relation to how the REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanism works, and focuses on different themes that cut across the different impacts The Luangwa Community Forests Project is delivering, from climate change, and conservation efforts to community benefits. With the last 20 minutes of the segment dedicated for listeners to call or text in.

Not only does this allow the team to engage with the callers and answer any questions directly, but it helps us to determine where the knowledge gaps are so we can continue to evolve and improve upon our community engagement.

Bridging the attendance gap between girls and boys at Mukopola Primary School in Mpanshya.

Zambia has achieved near universal primary school completion levels – national statistics indicate a completion rate of 91.8 per cent at Grade 7. However, Overall, girls continue to be at a disadvantage with a large number of them dropping out in the upper primary and secondary grades, and poorer levels of transition to junior secondary and senior secondary levels.

Mpanshya Community Forests Management Group (CFMG) invested in a one by two (1X2) classroom block and twin ventilated pit latrines for Mukopola Primary School in 2022 to help change that in its community!

“In line with the UN’s SDG 4, Quality Education, we are committed to investing in education. To ensure that the next generation is educated. During the rainy season we see a significant drop in attendance for without adequate shelter is it very difficult to learn. The building of Classrooms has increased attendance, and specifically the building of toilets has increased attendance of girls, which currently stands at 108 compared to boys which is at 105!”

Mr. Arnold Tembo, School manager for Mukopola Primary School.

Creating conditions, such as adequate toilets and hygiene facilities is especially important in maintaining attendance for the girl child as she becomes older. This investment is going to encourage female learners to remain in school throughout the month, giving them the same opportunities as boys. According to UNICEF, when girls remain in education it drastically reduces the chances of early marriages or teen pregnancies – both of which hinder a girl’s access to education and promote gender inequalities from an early age.

Mpanshya CFMG is one of the 12 Chiefdoms partnered with Zambian Government and BCP under the Luangwa Community Forests Projects (LCFP).

Benefiting over 217,000 people, and protecting over 1.2 million hectares of forests and vital ecosystems in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys, find out more about this award winning REDD+ project by visiting our website –

To date revenue from Forest Carbon Fees has contributed to the investment in 56 education related projects across both of BCP’s REDD+ Projects.

Background information and national figures are courtesy of UNICEF Zambia.

The ‘Forgotten’ Gender in the Fight Against Climate Change in Africa: How Climate-Smart Agriculture is Empowering Women in Zambia

When it comes to climate change, Africa is so often the ‘forgotten continent’ for it receives less than 3% of global climate finance, however, 30 out of the 40 most climate-vulnerable countries in the world are in Africa. The continent has around 17% of the world’s population but produces less than 4% of global emissions, and yet, extreme weather events are growing in both frequency and severity with an alarming impact on food security, biodiversity loss, and revealing gender inequalities.

So what does this mean for the women of Africa?

Too often women bear the hardest brunt of economic disparities, of social injustices, and feature marginally in policy and decision making globally. There is no exception when it comes to the harsh realities that climate change is having on the poorest regions across Africa.

With the poverty rate in rural Zambia at 78%, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable due to lower human capital accumulation. Financial, social, and cultural barriers often mean that women do not have the same access as men. Women lack access to resources and funding as their work tends to fall under the informal economy and unpaid home duties. Especially in rural parts of Africa, boys take precedent over girls in the rights to education, based on beliefs that girls should assume the role of home-maker and manual labourer in the fields, and when coupled with early marriages and a high rate of teenage pregnancy, girls tend to miss out on the same opportunities given to boys, which creates a gap from an early age.

Governments throughout sub-Sahara Africa (and Zambia is no exception!) are working hard to combat the gender disparities that act as debilitating factors to break the cycle of poverty that so many women are confined to, yet breaking belief systems laced in traditions going back centuries will not happen overnight and will take even longer still to foster change at a local level.

Access to education, health care facilities, and socio-economic initiatives are key to development, however, they pale in comparison to food security. When a household is food insecure it is all-consuming.  It impacts the family at the most basic level of a human’s requirements to survive and makes anything beyond securing basic nutrition seem inconceivable. Chronic food insecurity and the pressure and trauma imposed by it transcends into all aspects of a family’s life and creates barriers on a physical, mental, financial, and social level.

Climate-Smart Agriculture is key to addressing the issue of food insecurity in Africa.

Climate-Smart Agriculture is based on the interrelated principles of minimal soil disturbance (a critical break from traditional tillage practices such as ploughing, which turns over the whole surface area of a field – increasing wind and rain borne soil erosion, nutrient depletion, and decreasing surface water capture and leading to high evaporation rates), permanent soil covers with living or post-harvest crop residue cover, and crop diversification through rotation or intercropping. It helps farmers to maintain and boost yields and increase profits while reversing land degradation, protecting the environment, and responding to growing challenges of climate change.  Minimal Tillage also enables a farmer to plant with the first heavy planting rains – a critical advantage.  Every day a farmer is late planting she or he loses up to 1.8-2% of their end yield.  This loss is not recoverable irrespective of the quality and volume of inputs used to nourish the crop. 

An estimated 60% of Zambia’s population is dependent on subsistence farming, and it is estimated that subsistence farming accounts for 48% of the World’s deforestation. Traditional methods of ‘slash and burn’ in Zambia, which drives the progressive clearing of land over time is incredibly damaging for the environment. While the use of outdated tillage methods is labor-intensive and time-consuming for the farmers. Women are the primary producers and processors of food in Africa, but lack of access to land and inputs means that they achieve lower agricultural yields and experience greater insecurity of income than men, impacting a huge 70% of women across Africa (because 70% of African women living across Africa are subsistence farmers according to the Africa Gender Index Report). Yet, despite well over half of women in Africa being involved in the agriculture sector, the Index Report found that women farmers in Africa receive only 5% of agricultural extension services. Women run small agribusinesses in the informal sector but find it hard to invest and grow their businesses. In more remote areas, African women are often trapped in subsistence or near subsistence farming and spend long hours each day doing unpaid domestic chores, often helped by girls. These are the women and families who are in danger of being left behind and trapped in intergenerational poverty, whilst other parts of society reap the benefits of development.

Climate-Smart Agriculture minimizes tillage, follows the methods of crop rotation, and ultimately reduces time, labour, and the wear and tear of animals and machines substantially. From a purely output vs input standpoint, the most obvious and immediate result of Climate Smart Agriculture is an increased yield using less land. In the 2020/21 farming season maize grain yields improved to 4.9tons/ha against the baseline of 1.8tons/ha amongst the lead farmers that we are working with. Practicing this method of conservation farming also sees the longer-term benefits of improved soil nutrition and an increased soil organic pool.

Beyond the most immediate rewards, having to spend such substantially fewer hours on farming, yet producing a much higher yield (enough so that there is surplus to sell and trade) is changing lives. Especially those of women. Food security lifts the barriers put in place by chronic hunger while having a surplus of crops opens up a whole new area of trade and business opportunities. For labour-strapped households, the minimal tillage land preparation operation is spread over the post-harvest period up to those first heavy planting rains. This division of labour over the season is an important benefit for female-led households and or families who are caring for sick and infant family members.

Training Lead Female Farmers in Climate-Smart Agriculture allows women to join the modernization of agriculture in Africa.

Across Africa, women generally have less access to credit than men, which is often due to a lack of assets to use as collateral and is a major barrier to investment. According to the results of the Index Report, the access to credit gender gap is 73.4%, and the ownership of a house and/or a land gender gap is an estimated 22.9%. Lack of finance for women farmers often keeps women trapped in poverty and subsistence farming – particularly in the face of climate impacts. By equipping women with the knowledge to farm smart it gives women the training and confidence to be decision-makers in cash crop agriculture. Empowering women gives them better resources and access to inputs and technologies, credit access, and revenue streams that give them greater opportunities to grow businesses, connect with supply chains, and eventually join the formal economy, accessing larger scale loans and business ventures. This creates a knock-on effect in terms of the value being placed on a girl’s education, which according to UNICEF – when more girls remain in education there is a significant drop in teen pregnancies and early marriages – helping to break the inequalities which begin at childhood.

In an effort to address household food insecurity, BCP continues to support the Ministries of Labour and Agriculture and Communities across Rufunsa, Nyimba, Lusangazi, Mambwe, and Lumezi Districts to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture technologies. Together, we currently support 376 Lead Farmers and have a wider reach of 9,400 Follower Farmers. Of those 376 Lead Farmers, 70 are women.

We know that we need to do more.

This is just the start, in 2022 we plan to scale our conservation farming initiative and to host wide-reaching Open Days, where we will encourage women specifically to attend to learn more about the benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture, in our bid to help close the gender gap.

Meet Some of the Women Farming Smart

“Look at my garden! Look at how beautiful it has grown. It has tomato, onion, cabbage, and rape. The way my family lives now is very different to before I know how to grow so many different vegetables in my small space. I am making money, real money by selling my vegetables and I am very proud and happy to be doing this!”

Royce Sakala, Kasumba Village, Bunda Bunda Chiefdom.

“This new method of farming means that I can prepare my fields and plant in advance as we wait for rainfall. Then our maize grows very fast compared to those who plough with cattle. I can put my focus on other things and not be worrying all the time about the rains coming or not, or when to plant because I am already prepared.  I have learned so much about climate change also, and I want to do what I can to help our planet and my family both through conservation farming methods”.

Memory Kalaingelu, Musanshika Village, Bunda Bunda Chiefdom.

“Last year was my first year in my farming history to have grown soya beans and from 1 lima I managed to harvest 10x50kg bags of soya bean, which gave me K5000.00.

This was the largest amount of money I have ever realized in a season in my whole farming life! This surplus meant that I could send my children to school, fully equipped without worrying if I could maintain the upkeep of fees throughout the year.”

Marvis Mwanza, January Village in Luembe Chiefdom.

“Sustainable beekeeping is much better than charcoal production. It was not good for the forests but I had to feed my family. Each Household was given 10 beehives to hang in the forest. From the sale of honey, we have seen significant results, I have paid school fees, invested in school uniforms, blankets, groceries, and fertilizer. This way I can provide for my family with what we need and leave the forests untouched”.

Trisa Makala, Chikobeni Village, Bunda Bunda Chiefdom.

“My garden is flourishing since I took part in the horticulture training provided by BCP. The treadle pump has cut the time that it takes to water my garden by half. It means I am much more efficient and can grow more fruit and vegetables, allowing me to ensure food security for my family and sell the surplus at the market to help pay school fees for my children. You know, as a parent that’s what I want – to be able to feed and educate my children.”

Gloria Daka Mbuzi, Shikabeta Chiefdom.

Celebrating Women in Conservation for World Wild Life Day

3.5 billion people worldwide are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – from drought, flooding, to the ability to produce food in the face of water insecurity, and soil degradation due to rising temperatures and pollution. This figure is only going to increase dramatically if we don’t make significant changes now. The IPCC Report has issued a warning that THIS is the last decade we have to act, with the Report advising that the protection of wild places and wildlife is fundamental to coping with the climate crisis.

Today, in support of World Wildlife Day we are celebrating one woman who is dedicated to this fight, and who’s making a real difference for conservation in Zambia every day!

Tryphena Mweemba became a Community Scout under Mphanshya Community Resource Board in 2019, based out of our Rufunsa Conservancy site office, such an asset to the team, she was soon promoted to Senior Community Scout, where she oversaw a team of 34 Scouts.

With a background in SMART data and debriefer training, first aid skills, species identification knowledge from Hardrock Africa, and biodiversity monitoring training from our Biodiversity team, complimented by her drive, passion, and commitment to conservation protection, Tryphena officially joined the BCP team in December 2021 when she was appointed as Biodiversity Assistant.

“Conservation and wildlife protection isn’t just a job to me. It is a way of life. My passion for resource protection in Zambia is what drives me to keep educating myself and bettering myself in this sector so that I can pass on this knowledge to the communities who live side-by-side with the forests. We need to protect our forests in Zambia, the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys is home to such an important ecosystem, connecting wildlife corridors that protect concentrations of species that are fast dwindling elsewhere as a result of forest degradation”.

It takes people to make a difference, and Tryphena is one such person.

From Grass roofs to Iron Sheets – Investing in Community Development

Vulnerable to catching fire while cooking, the penetration of malaria-carrying mosquitos, and at risk of collapsing during Zambia’s volatile rainy season, for so many communities who reside in rural parts of the country, despite its susceptibility, grass thatching is the most affordable form of roofing.

Shimunguwo Village Action Group of Shikabeta Chiefdom has changed this for the 136 Households in Chamanyonga Village. One of the 12 Chiefdoms that partner with BCP and Zambian Government under the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), Shikabeta Community Resource Board has used income from Forest Carbon Fees in 2021 to invest in iron sheets for its people.

Ngonya Tembo of Chamanyonga Village explains what this means to her family,

“Each household received IBR iron sheets to roof our houses with. This investment will make such a big difference in our lives. It provides us with security from the weather and outside factors that can easily enter through the grass. I won’t be fearful of the grass roof catching fire if the wind changes suddenly while we cook on an open stove anymore.

I spend many hours walking great distances to collect grass to maintain the upkeep of the roof. This investment is a durable one that gives me that time back to focus more on the farming of our plot, and to look for other opportunities to help my family.”

REDD+ is a framework created by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) to guide activities in the forest sector that reduces emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as the sustainable management of forests and the conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. It aims at the implementation of activities by national governments to reduce human pressure on forests that result in greenhouse gas emissions at the national level.

Supporting the largest REDD+ project in the world by hectares, the LCFP helps to conserve over 1 million hectares of vital wildlife legacy landscapes in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys, delivers life-changing impacts to 217,000 beneficiaries through direct cash payments from forest carbon fees, and has an annual carbon emissions reduction rate of 1.6 million tons!

Find out more about the LCFP’s award-winning REDD+ Project at or drop us an email at

Photos by Muswema Henry Chanda

Appointment of Country Manager

I am delighted to announce the appointment of BCP’s new Country Manager, Mr. Mike Mailloux, to the Team. Mike will officially assume the position on 15th of February 2022, where he will form part of the Executive Management Team. Mike will be based out of BCP Zambia’s Head Office in Lusaka, with frequent travel to our sites offices throughout Zambia.

Bringing to the role years of hands-on operational management experience, and invaluable knowledge in the sector, Mike began his development career in 1995 as a US Peace Corps Business Volunteer in Mauritania. He has spent 24 years managing complex, large-scale livelihoods, natural resource management, and agri-business programmes across Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In 1998, Mike joined the US based National Cooperative Business Association to assist with its main Zambian program. It was during this time that he redesigned the training and coaching regimens and manuals for CLUSA, while incorporating the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit’s (CFU) Conservation Farming practices into program activities. Mike founded and managed a small, but the successful UK based agricultural consultancy business and left London in late 2011 to design and manage the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit’s four-country regional program. Up until 2021, Mike was the CFU Programme Manager for the CFU’s forty-three district-wide Climate Smart Agriculture Zambia programme.

Mike will spend the first few months in his new position familiarizing himself with the role, where he will be responsible for the operational execution of BCP’s REDD+ projects in Zambia. As a team, we are incredibly excited to welcome Mike to BCP, as we embark on this exciting next chapter of our company’s journey under our 4 Year Strategic Plan. I have the highest confidence in Mike’s capabilities, experience, and expertise, with the support of our dedicated management team.

Please join me in wishing Mike the greatest success in his new role.
Nic Mudaly, BCP’s Interim CEO.  

A Fresh Approach: We have teamed up with Respira International in 2021!

We are excited to share that BCP has entered into a partnership with Respira International Limited, who will now handle all sales for the LCFP project, while we focus on scaling.

Photo by Gina Woolley.

We need to do more, and we need to do it now if we want to meet the targets set out under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. BCP’s plan is to scale and reach our Thirty-Cubed goal by 2030: 30 million tons of carbon reduced annually across 30 million acres, benefiting 3 million people in Africa by 2030.

Africa emits less than 1% of global emissions, yet the increased temperatures and a greater likelihood of extreme weather events resulting from climate change are projected to increase the threat of drought and increased water scarcity in Africa. Only impacting further, and increasing the fragility of food security for parts of the continent that already faces barriers when it comes to accessing food and water. African countries need more control, greater impact, and superior resources in the global fight against climate change. The success of the REDD+ model in LCFP, implemented with Zambian Government and the 12 Chiefdoms with whom we have partnered under the LCFP, has proven the effectiveness of an African county as a real player in the global carbon market. We want to continue to work alongside governments in the region as a technical advisor as we strive to put Africa at the forefront of REDD+ and climate action globally. 

Ambitious? Absolutely! Unattainable? No!

In order to focus on our goal, we have teamed up with Respira International, an impact-driven carbon finance business aligned with BCP’s mission of making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people. Respira has provided revenue certainty for the project, ensuring continuity of benefits to community and conservation stakeholders.

We are pleased to announce that Respira will now handle all sales for the LCFP project.

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