Announcement: CEO Transition to Chairman

BCP’s Board of Directors announces that Dr. Hassan Sachedina, our Founder and CEO, is moving into a new role within the company, effective 1st January 2022.

On 31 December 2021, Hassan will have served as CEO for exactly 10 years to the day. Hassan has decided not to extend his contract. As BCP now scales and replicates, Hassan has decided to step aside from day-to-day management in favor of a more strategic role in the company. From 1 January 2022, Hassan will continue to support BCP as Chairman and will assist the new CEO in the transition.

Hassan founded BCP when carbon markets and their future were uncertain and his perseverance, determination and vision have helped to establish us as one of the leading forest carbon project developers in the World. He catalysed and managed the development of a purpose-driven, climate start-up that grew into Africa’s largest REDD+ developer by hectares, and one of the largest in the world by social impact. Under his stewardship, BCP has helped to place Africa on the global forest carbon market map. Hassan’s dedication to BCP’s mission has resulted in the company benefitting over 225,000 people, who now experience the value of wildlife habitat conservation. Wildlife is recovering in some places, with over 1.2 million hectares under improved conservation management, and millions of tons of emissions reduced. We are delighted to share that 2021 is set to become BCP’s best year in terms of climate and community financial impacts. BCP has received widespread industry recognition in the process.

“I am so grateful for my time as CEO of BCP,” said Hassan, “With the help of immensely dedicated staff, supportive investors and talented partners, we have built a strong foundation for BCP to tackle the challenges of the next 10 years. I am excited for BCP’s future and believe BCP’s strongest and brightest days are ahead. By 2030, BCP is set to deliver on our goal of avoiding 30 million tons of emissions annually, benefitting 3 million people, and partnering with communities across 30 million acres of globally significant wildlife habitat. I believe BCP will become the global leader in forest carbon project development and management. I look forward to supporting the BCP team in a new role and accelerating the climate and conservation space in new ways.

I owe a special thanks to Ms. Joke Hoffman, whose capacity to manage BCP from an operational perspective as BCP’s Chief Operating Officer gave me space to imagine, and to drive BCP towards this vision”.

BCP’s Chairman for the last 10 years, Tom Hancock added:

“Over the last decade it has been my great pleasure to support and work with Hassan. In spite of the carbon markets being almost non-existent 10 years ago, we knew we had to back an entrepreneur with Hassan’s focus, endurance and commitment. Hassan met each obstacle and opportunity the business faced with steadfast determination. He has helped to advance the REDD+ sector globally, and his legacy is one we as a Board value and intend to build on. We look forward to Hassan’s continued strategic contribution to the company in his new role as Chairman.”

In addition to Hassan providing transitional support to BCP, our CFO Mr. Nic Mudaly will serve as Interim CEO, ably supported by HR Director, Ms. Nyembezi Nkunika-Lopa, and BCP Zambia’s new Country Manager (soon to be announced).

Nic and Nyembezi.
For any queries please direct them to info@biocarbonpartners.com where we are happy to respond to any questions. 

Working with Niarra to make a Positive Impact in the Travel Industry

At BCP, we strive to partner with companies that share BCP’s mission to conserve the environment, develop the conservation finance sector, and most importantly, that seek to address the climate problem head-on.

Photo credit: Gina Woolley.

Like BCP, Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking company born out of a passion to do things differently. Niarra Travel creates trips that have a positive impact on the people and places that outweighs the carbon impact of getting you there.

The tourism industry is pivotal to the lives of so many people in the communities that BCP partners within the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valley. It is so important to us to team up with carbon-conscious companies like Niarra that are supporting the tourism sector in such a #climatepositive way while delivering positive impacts. For each trip booked through Niarra, they contribute 1% of the cost of the trip to the region-specific projects that the trip visits, a contribution that more than offsets the international flight of getting there.

If you are an environmentally conscious business, with plans to help conserve our planet, or want to join the fight on the ‘war on carbon’, but just aren’t sure how to reach that ‘net zero emissions target’, please drop us a line today and we would be happy to help with some pointers that we have used ourselves on mapping out our own emissions reduction plan. We are stronger together in our fight against climate change and we would love to hear from you at info@biocarbonpartners.com

To find out more about BCP, and the life-changing benefits, that together with Government and community partners, we are bringing to over 280,000 community beneficiaries across close to 1.2 million hectares of protected African dryland forests in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys, visit us at https://biocarbonpartners.com/

To learn more about Niarra visit their website here –  https://www.niarratravel.com/sustainability/carbon/

BCP Launches our Strategic Plan 2021-2024

During the pandemic, there has been an awakening of the global threat of climate change called a ‘code red for humanity’ by the IPCC, with COP 26 bringing to light the reality of our future if global leaders do not act to bring about the changes needed now.

By 2030, there is likely to be investment, action, and innovation in decarbonizing on a war footing scale never seen before. The scale of global climate change is so massive it requires ambition on an unprecedented scale.

By 2030, in partnership with Government and communities, BCP’s “30 Cubed” goal is to enter into co-management partnerships across 30 million acres (11 million ha) of Africa’s greatest wildlife landscapes, to benefit 3 million people, and to reduce up to 30 million tons of emissions annually.

BCP’s 4-year strategic plan, aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and based on our ‘Theory of Change’ provides a detailed 10 step plan to make the necessary changes to scale up the ‘war on carbon’. Putting Zambia, and more importantly, the entire African continent at the forefront of climate change action on a global level.

Download the full plan right here.

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.

About Respira International

Respira channels private capital into climate solutions, ensuring long-term relationships with trusted carbon project developers that enable clients to use nature-based solutions to build sustainable, climate positive businesses and portfolios.

Respira’s team combines a 30+ year track record in global financial markets with a deep understanding of carbon project development in leading international conservation organisations. Respira uses its balance sheet to support projects through long-term offtake agreements. This provides project developers with the resources they need to expand and buyers the ability to lock-in future prices and build business resilience.

A ton of good: World class offsets providing life-changing benefits from a company you can trust. Email ehewitt@respira-international.com to start your offsetting journey with a difference today.

BCP partners with The Nature Conservancy to Strengthen Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change in Africa

Climate change is the most serious threat facing our planet today. Africa emits less than 3% of global emissions, yet the increased temperatures and a greater likelihood of extreme weather events resulting from climate change are projected to greater increase the threat of drought and increased water scarcity in Africa than any other continent.

Brendan Raisbeck Photography

African countries need more control, greater impact, and superior resources in the global fight against climate change. It is our mission to work with Government, communities and partner organizations to continue to put African countries at the forefront of climate change action globally, by helping to build resilience through REDD+ projects in Africa.

Working across over 70 countries and territories Worldwide, and on the ground in nine countries in Africa to fulfill their mission of Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends, The Nature Conservancy’s mission of restoration is one very much aligned to our own mission at BCP of Making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people.

“To be able to partner with the largest international conservation organization in the world and with a team of professionals of TNC’s caliber is so exciting for us at BCP. Our most established collaboration is on a carbon offset project in Zambia, but this is just the beginning of our partnership to scale regionally in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a partnership that demonstrates the need to join forces and work together to support community and Government partners at the coalface of real climate actions. Every year brings a rise in the Earth’s temperature, and new powerful collaborations are needed to avoid the point of no return”.

Dr Hassan Sachedina, BCP CEO and Founder.

BCP’s partnership with TNC follows nature-based solutions to protect and restore existing African dryland forests, while building the resilience of some of the most vulnerable communities in the region through sustainable livelihood initiatives, which provide long-term and climate-smart revenue streams. We’re excited to embark on this work with TNC and cannot wait to share more details in time… watch this space!

Thirty Cubed

Our goal is 30 million tons of carbon reduced annually across 30 million acres, benefiting 3 million people in Africa by 2030. Email us at info@biocarbonpartners.com to find out how your organization can partner with us and help us reach our goal to protect our planet. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn at @BioCarbonPartners for all of our updates!

The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @Nature_Africa on Twitter and @tncafrica on Facebook.

Team #24 Eco-Charcoal raises $60,000 ALL FOR conservation education in Zambia

This year, thanks to your support, Team #24 Eco-Charcoal raised the highest amount in its history of competing in The Fuch’s Elephant Charge – $60,000, all for conservation education in Zambia.

Team #24 Eco-Charcoal

I don’t think a single one of us could have anticipated just how catastrophic the prolonged effects of the pandemic would have on the economy. In 2020 and 2021, the Zambian economy is estimated to have contracted by 1.2% and thousands of jobs have been lost as a result of Covid-19. A study by Florida University determined that before Covid-19 hit, South Luangwa NP generated $30 million for the wider economy (direct fees and multiples effects). Yet, as a result of the impacts of Covid-19 tourism has dropped by over 85% in South Luangwa NP, which means that tourism gross revenues could have dropped to as little as $4.5 million. 

It was now more than ever that we knew we had to support the conservation “ecosystem” and fundraise to raise money for the 14 Conservation NGOs that the Elephant Charge supports, with BCP’s Board committing to match every dollar up to $25,000 it meant we could create double the IMPACT!

Excited to unveil Monster Carbon 2.0 – a Jeep Wrangler, in this year’s Charge, the Team was put at a slight disadvantage when the jeep experienced mechanical issues during the final days leading up to the Charge. Bringing our previous Charge car out of retirement was the only choice the team had to compete in this year’s Charge.  Despite our best effort to pull through, we knew that we were starting with a weaker platform using a 33 year old car with 540,000 kms on the clock and no overhaul. Due to what can only be described as ‘severe mechanical malfunctions beyond repair’, the Team ultimately finished 25th out of 33 with a DNF (did not finish: 22 teams successfully completed the Charge this year).  Our front propeller shaft snapped in two, our brakes caught fire and failed, and our rear winch packed up—all on a steep hill.  It took us the rest of the day trying to recover the vehicle and get it downhill.  There were no injuries, and everyone had a good time, but it was definitely more drama than we had hoped for.

Testament to the Team’s best efforts to persevere at all costs they came home with The Properly Shafted Award but most importantly, thanks to YOUR donations, the Team returned triumphantly once again with The Sausage Tree Trophy for Most Funds Raised! With the entire sum of $60,000 that the Team raised going to the 14 Conservation NGOs that the Elephant Charge supports. 

We have been blown away by your support and willingness to give. We set out to raise $50,000, but because of your generosity, together with the Board’s generous donation, we surpassed that by 20%!  A special tribute needs to go out to the amazing team of organizers that volunteer their time and effort every year to make the Fuch’s Elephant Charge happen!  Now in its 14th year, the event has raised close to $1.5 million for conservation, with this year raising a whopping $232,000 in a day for conservation; a 66% increase over 2020.

To each and every single person who donated, from the bottom of our hearts – Thank you!

BCP Partners with Nature’s Nectar to Create Livelihood Opportunities for Local Communities

Beekeeping has been a livelihood in Zambia for centuries through the use of traditional bark beehives and hunting for wild honey. But with the increasing growth in the market for Zambian honey, these techniques are becoming more and more destructive to rural Zambian ecosystems.

Communities enter Game Management Areas (GMAs) in order to cut trees for wild honey or strip trees of their bark in order to construct bark beehives. These methods are not sustainable, which is why BCP has partnered with Nature’s Nectar, a social enterprise aiming at producing Zambia’s most sustainable honey with communities living directly near conservation areas and national parks.

Providing a sustainable income to 836 beekeepers and their families across both of our project areas (256 of whom are female farmers), the farmers have just produced their first honey harvest, which has yielded a total of almost 7,000 KGs of honey!

“I started beekeeping last year and I have benefited a lot from the partnership of Nature’s Nectar with the community as they offer premium prices for honey purchases and I have been able to get farming inputs from my sales of honey. I further ask the partnership to continue as it will empower more households in the chiefdom”.

Esnart Mwanza Njobvu, Beekeeper in Mkhanya Chiefdom.

Nature’s Nectar, a Zambian NGO, works with these communities in order to provide sustainable top bar beehives that do not extract wood from the local forest but provide an incentive to protect it. It is the goal of BCP and Nature’s Nectar to provide a minimum of 25,000 top bar beehives to communities and provide a premium market to all farmers producing honey, as part of our mission towards creating sustainable and climate-friendly livelihood alternatives for our community partners.

If you would like to find out more about BCP, or find out how your organization can partner with us on our ambitious journey to reach over 3 million people and conserve up to 30 million acres of forest in Africa please contact us at: info@biocarbonpartners.com

Partners connect one of the most significant biodiversity wildlife corridors on the planet!

The Mpanshya Wildlife corridor is of rich biodiversity significance as it links two of the most valuable ecosystems in Zambia, from the Lower Zambezi National Park to South Luangwa National Park, to combine one of the last remaining wildlife strongholds left on Earth.

We are delighted to share that our Government partners through the Forestry Department officially approved the establishment of the 15,000+ hectare Mpanshya Wildlife Corridor. This strategic corridor links two of Zambia’s most important biodiversity areas of the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa ecosystems. Preserving this corridor will help with wildlife gene flow for generations to come. This link is a direct result of Mpanshya Chiefdom’s vision towards a healthy connected landscape that is carbon-financed, together with the Zambian Government’s innovative approach to combating climate change through a green economy.  The corridor crosses the Great East Highway and protects, in perpetuity, a path across this important highway.  The need for a corridor became more acute when elephant were recorded crossing the highway for the first time in years and scientists tracked wild dog from South Luangwa to near the north of the corridor.
 
“The Mpanshya corridor is so important because it means this passage for animals is safe and will help restore wildlife and help reduce issues of human-wildlife conflict. Recently Kudu was spotted where it has not been seen before in the corridor. One community – Kamweshya Village did not have access to clean water before we partnered with BCP under the LCFP. People had to collect water from streams (sometimes dirty!), but since receiving REDD+ revenue, the community invested in repairing the roads to the village, which gave access to the drilling company to drill 4 boreholes in the village. This in itself is truly life-changing!”
Her Royal Highness, Chieftainess Mpanshya.
(Read more about Kamweshya Village here)

“BCP is proud to have supported the Mpanshya Community and Government to establish this vital corridor.  According to National Geographic, the Luangwa-Lower Zambezi ecosystem is one of the last 10 strongholds on earth for lions.  For wide-ranging species like wild dog and elephant, this type of connectivity is important long-term.  An advantage of this corridor is that it is sustainably financed long term through carbon, and its protection not dependent on tourism or philanthropy.”
Dr. Hassan Sachedina, BCP CEO & Founder.
Kudu spotted on Community Camera Traps.
The Significance
There is an ever-increasing demand across the continent to support a booming population, with unsustainable farming practices, charcoal production, and logging taking its toll on African forests to a detrimental extent. Globally, it is estimated that 23% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use. An estimated 60% of Zambia’s population depends on subsistence farming for their livelihoods, while globally, subsistence farming accounts for 48% of the world’s deforestation! Although one of the most forested countries in Africa for the time being, Zambia’s deforestation is among the highest in the World, losing an average of 196,000 hectares of valuable wildlife habitat annually. With the mighty African elephant now officially listed as endangered, and Wild Dog numbers down to as few as 6,600 across the entire continent, and the very real impacts of climate change and global warming having severe impacts on food security in countries across Africa, this milestone of connecting two of the last remaining wildlife strongholds in the world isn’t just a win for us, it’s a win for the World.

To find out more about BCP and the life-changing impacts REDD+ is bringing to our community partners check out our award-winning Impact Report here

REDD+: Bringing Life-Changing Impacts to Community Partners

For the first time in its history, Kamwenshya Village in Mpanshya Chiefdom has boreholes in the village, as a direct result of the revenue generated from forest carbon fees.

The village has gone without access to clean water for so long that this simple, yet basic investment has been life-changing. The community relied solely on shallow wells and streams, which during the rainy season become clogged with mud and debris, rendering them unhygienic and malaria-ridden. A dilapidated road network leading to the village meant access to drill a borehole was impossible. With the money generated from forest carbon fees from the LCFP, the Community Resource Board invested in improving the condition of the roads, making it possible for them to invest in the drilling of 4 boreholes in the village.

Benefiting over 217,000 people across 12 Chiefdoms, and together with Zambian Government and community partners, helping to protect over 1 million hectares of forest, the LCFP, under the REDD+ model is bringing life-changing impacts to some of the most vulnerable communities in Eastern and Lusaka Provinces in Zambia. To find out more about how REDD+ works and the other ways that it is bringing transformational benefits to our community partners visit https://biocarbonpartners.com/our-work/our-work/

The Birth of Climate Positive Paper

BCP is thrilled to have partnered with One Planet Paper®︎ on its journey to be the first climate positive of its kind in 2021!

According to the European Environmental Paper Network, the paper industry emits as much as 7% of the World’s carbon dioxide emissions. Based out of Tokyo, and with a #greenbanana project in Zambia, One Planet Café has a personal interest in helping to conserve Zambia’s dryland forests in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valley, on their quest towards creating a sustainable world for people and planet.

Find out more about the incredibly cool and exciting Fair Trade Banana Paper – One Planet Paper®︎ on their website.

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