We’ve gone 100% carbon positive, why not take advantage of our 2-4-1 birthday carbon offsets sale and do a ton of good!

Today is our 9th anniversary.  It’s a time for celebration, a time for gratitude, a time for reflection, and a time to look beyond our organization…to reflect on our higher purpose, and the partnerships and people who have helped us to get to this milestone.

COVID has pushed us all to our limits. Yet, it has also made us acutely aware of the impacts we have on one another; of the implications that individual actions have on the collective community, and above all else – it has made clear how important it is to take care of our planet. This is a World that we share with animals and nature, without which, we would have no Earth to live in. At BCP, we address the issue of climate change, not only by protecting wildlife habitats directly but by addressing the social and economic reasons that lead to deforestation at a community level. At BCP our higher purpose is simple – “Making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people”, and we want you to be a part of it!

We’re 100% climate positive. This means that BCP has offset twice the amount of carbon from our operations since our founding in 2012. The reason we do it? Scientists say that humanity must remove more carbon from the air than is being emitted in order to stay under the UN’s global temperature target by 2030; being carbon neutral is not enough. BCP retires CCB-triple gold, VCS verified REDD+ offsets, which we generate. 

You don’t need to go 100% climate positive; some companies offset 10% more than they emit, and that’s still 10% more good than offsetting nothing.

Won’t you join us?

For our birthday week, we are offering a 2-4-1 on verified carbon offsets. We will retire 2 tons of carbon for each one that you buy on our website (of up to 1,000 tons per buyer). This means twice the community impact, twice the environmental protection, and twice the number of trees (for half the cost)!

Climate change is a global problem, and it needs individual action. Each one of us has the power to make a difference. Here’s your chance to start off 2021 by doing a ton of good for our planet, and for each other, by offsetting all of your emissions for 2020.

A message from our CEO: ‘BCPeople’ are our first priority

Photo by Ed Selfe

We are currently at the precipice of the second wave of Covid-19 here in Zambia, and I wanted to take the time to update you, and most importantly, reassure you on how we are weathering this storm.

Up until 2021, in comparison to the rest of the world, we in Zambia did not feel the full weight of the global pandemic. However, 2021 has brought with it the second wave of the virus and we join the rest of the world with each and every one of us now knowing someone who is affected. According to Zambia’s Ministry of Health, there have been 6,146 new confirmed cases recorded between 4th-10th January alone.

Notwithstanding our personal lives, our Company has also been impacted. We have temporarily shut-down our Lusaka and Nyimba sites due to the direct exposure of one our colleagues to the virus, and in line with the directive from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor, our offices were immediately closed and fumigated.

At BCP, we believe in People before Profit, it is a founding pillar of our organization and one that we have upheld throughout these trying times.

‘BCPeople’ are our first priority:
• In direct response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Zambia early last year, BCP acted to ensure the safety of its staff; Alongside Zambian Government regulations of maintaining social distance, wearing masks, and washing and sanitizing hands, BCP went a step further and allocated private company transport for employees who do not have access to private vehicles. The initiative ensures that BCP employees avoid the higher risks of infection associated with overcrowding, often found on public transport, which not only protects our employee body, but decreases the risk for staffs’ family members as well;
• As of 1 May 2020, BCP implemented the Healthy Green Allowance, a policy that offers a daily, fully subsidized, healthy meal for employees across all 8 of our offices. In a move to ensure a happy and healthy workforce, the allowance has made a significant difference to the healthy well-being of our staff;
• Also in May, BCP facilitated the introduction of a private pension scheme for staff, in addition to the national statutory pension;
• In June 2020, BCP introduced an increased funeral cover benefit that was extended to each and every staff member (with the inclusion of 8 family members to the benefit coverage);
• In January 2020, BCP staff, many of whom live in remote areas with limited employment possibilities, received an average increment of 10% across the board. In addition to that, we introduced a salary subsidy for the lowest-paid members of BCP staff of 18% higher than the statutory minimum, and in August, a verification spot bonus pool from 2020 was paid out;
• We introduced a USD 2,800 Emergency Loan Fund to help staff who face emergencies;
• All staff and their families have access to a company medical fund.
I need to extend my sincere thanks and admiration to the BCP team, who have remained resilient, strong, and adaptable during such uncertain times. This steadfastness has meant that our mission to conserve wildlife, protect forests, and continue to support over 224,000 community beneficiaries has remained at the forefront of our work. To our Government partners, our partners in conservation, and our carbon offset buyers – I thank you for your continued backing. Please know that the support from you at this time means more now than ever to our community partners.

We will weather this storm – together.

With very warm wishes,
Dr. Hassan Sachedina
CEO

Roan Population Increases for The First Time in 10 Years In Rufunsa

BCP’s Lower Zambezi REDD + Project (LZRP) has reported that 2020 is the year of ZERO ENCROACHMENT. An even greater pleasure of ours is to announce, that a result of this milestone is the return and increase of wildlife to Rufunsa Conservancy!

Covering 40,126 hectares of forest, and benefiting 7,182 recipients, the LZRP is the first REDD+ project in Zambia and the first REDD+ project in the World to achieve 7 consecutive and successful verifications under both VCS and CCB Standards. Achieving zero encroachment has been a coordinated effort, from BCP supported Community Scouts on the ground, together with our Community Engagement and Livelihood teams, to the aerial surveillance missions that BCP implements from above. The increased community support this year is a significant factor in achieving zero encroachment. Not to mention the vital support that we received from our partner organizations, and from the Forestry Department, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).

Achieving an average of over 10,000 patrol man days per year, the 105 BCP supported Community Scouts (in partnership with DNPW) play a vital role on the ground in ensuring that the forest boundaries are maintained, and in preventing illegal activities such as poaching and deforestation:

“For us Community Scouts, it is a huge achievement to maintain zero encroachment in an area like Rufunsa Conservancy, which is surrounded by the enormous demand for land and natural resources. Personally, I am truly excited to be part of the team that is holding the line as we make conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people”.

Rabecca Nampemba, RC Community Scout.

It is a direct result from our BCP Engagement and Livelihood teams that we have built, nurtured and sustained such strong community bonds over the past 8 years. LZRP is a partnership that allows communities to take ownership and responsibility of the project:

“This has been a synchronized effort from the top down. This year we really invested in our staff, which allowed for increased training and a serious boost in morale. It created a knock-on effect on the ground as we completed numerous community projects in a timely manner, such as boreholes and hammer mill construction, as well as the distribution of agricultural inputs to each of our Lead farmers in LZRP. All of these initiatives have enhanced the lives of community members. This increased the trust between BCP and communities and strengthened our community partnerships”.

Dusty Joubert, LZRP Project Manager.

2020 saw a coordinated drive to link our project areas to direct livelihood schemes, to enhance the relationships that we have with our partner communities. One such scheme was the cash dividend pilot. In April BCP received a grant from the Mills Foundation, which allowed us to roll out a cash dividend project pilot. This innovative pilot is a way to benefit communities at a household level through direct cash payments:

“We as a community have strived towards achieving zero encroachment because through LZRP; teachers’ salaries are paid through the school support program, and the cash dividends we receive are benefiting households on a direct level that we have not seen before”.
Kephas Nsambilo, Senior Headman Mwenshang’ombe.

Watching wildlife return to Rufunsa

2020 has shown the link between protecting forests in LZRP, working with its communities, and the increase of wildlife to the area. The correlation between zero encroachment and the return of wildlife to Rufunsa is clear. This year, in partnership with Lion Landscapes and Oxford University Wild CRU, and funded by the Darwin Initiative, Lion Recovery Fund, and National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative, BCP was able to strategically place camera traps in wildlife strongholds, and the results have been remarkable!

Sable Antelope

The camera traps are capturing animals that we did not even know were in the Conservancy! Although native to the Lower Zambezi National Park, the Moloney’s Monkey had not been seen in Rufunsa until we caught them on film. The traps have made it possible to view nocturnal animals such as Caracals and Servals. While placing the traps in more mountainous areas meant that species were captured, such as Kudu and Zebra in places they have not been documented before. Another monumental sighting to date is the Southern Ground African Hornbill, which has been spotted twice on film, which is a key sighting as the ‘trigger species’ for the LZRP, it grants BCP Gold Standard in Biodiversity Monitoring.


Aardvark

We have watched as herds of Sable call the Conservancy their home again. When the project started in 2012 Sable and Roan were rarely seen, and only as single animals. Now big herds of 20-50 are recorded on scout patrols:

Spotted Hyena

“Looking back as we have finished most of the analysis for the data so far, we have a statistically significant trend increase in Roan Antelope. This data takes time to build, particularly in low-density areas, where you get so few sightings in each survey to begin with, but we are finally starting to see these patterns, which are only going to get stronger. The data that we are producing means we are definitely on the right track – bringing an area from complete depletion to regenerating wildlife is a particularly difficult thing to monitor, but it is working!”

Dr. Alayne Cotterill, Founding Director of Lion Landscapes

African Civet

The camera traps have also provided evidence of predators in the area, such as Leopards and Spotted Hyenas. This in itself is an extremely positive indication, for these large predators need plenty of prey species to survive. Thus, a healthy population of carnivores equates to a healthy population of herbivores, which in turn means that they are supported by a flourishing ecosystem.

Signing off for 2020, we would like to leave you with a word of thanks from our CEO, Dr. Hassan Sachedina:

“This year has been a testing year felt round the world. Covid19 has wreaked havoc on our global community – costing resources, money, but most tragically, lives. Yet, we have continued to receive unbounded support from all of you.

To our valued partners and supporters; know that you are supporting the return of wildlife to areas where they have not been seen in years. To our Government partners; it is together that we are enhancing the lives of communities to alleviate poverty in some of the most remote areas in Zambia. And, to our carbon offset buyers; across both projects, together we are working to protect almost 1 million hectares of forest and over 500 million trees from deforestation. We could not have done this without you”.

BCP Incentivizes Conservation Through A Cash Dividend Project In Mweshang’ombe Zone

On 2nd September 2020, in partnership with the Zambian Government, and supported by The Mills Foundation, BCP launched the first-ever cash dividend pilot project; targeting 178 households from 6 villages in Mweshang’ombe zone of Bunda Bunda chiefdom.

The second cash installment of this widely popular initiative was distributed between 18-20th November in Mweshang’ombe Village. This one-year pilot scheme is an initiative that offers a direct way of incentivizing communities to co-manage and conserve forests in Rufunsa. By offering communities a direct cash incentive BCP’s goal is to unite households behind our mission of “Making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people”.

The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) in Zambia protects 40,126 hectares of forest in the Lower Zambezi ecosystem. The project partners with 7,182 people in Rufunsa District to conserve the forest through a set of livelihood and community development initiatives.

“People in this area are poor, and although we advise against deforestation, in some cases people are desperate and feel they have no other choice. We are so grateful to BCP for this opportunity, as village leaders, we try and encourage recipients of this pilot project to invest this money in school books and school uniforms so that the children here are able to receive an education. This way they are educated against deforestation and educated in the implications of climate change”
Headman Malilakufusa of Malilakufwa Village.

“These communities are predominantly subsistence farmers, and this is what they rely on as their income. We find that when weather conditions are perverse, more incidents of deforestation and poaching take place in this particular zone. We are hoping that through this incentive, people will not encroach on the forests because they are being provided with an alternative form of income”
Brighton Chama, Bundabunda BCP Chiefdom Lead.

Before LZRP, deforestation rates were estimated to be as much as eleven times higher than Zambia’s national rate, which is already estimated to be one of the highest in the world. This area also has a growing human population with soaring poverty rates, as high as 88%, which meant many families turned to charcoal production as a main source of income. As much as 53% of Lusaka’s charcoal supply was estimated to come through the area. Now, thanks to the REDD+ Project in The Lower Zambezi there is a reduction of emissions by 188,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

“The money we receive in this way is helping us to buy food and supplies, and prevents people from turning to deforestation”
Radona Chikambo, Mweshang’ombe Village.

Help communities in LZRP by buying offsets today.

50 New Community Scouts Join The REDD + Team!

We are thrilled to share with you that on Monday 02 November, 50 BCP funded community scouts – 16 of whom are female, successfully graduated from an intense 3 month training course through DNPW (Department of National Parks and Wildlife) from Chunga Training Camp in Kafue National Park.

The Pass-out Parade was attended by distinguished guests – Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Arts William Katonga, DNPW Director Dr. Chuma Simukonda, and Mumbwa District Commissioner, Pamela Chipongwe.

“Government is not only ensuring that wildlife is safe, but also injects capital into rural communities by creating employment and opportunities of ownership at a local level. Despite these efforts to empower and motivate local communities the illegal exploitation of wildlife and habitat destruction have continued to seriously threaten our collective effort to grow the sector”
William Katonga, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Arts.


William Katonga, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Arts presenting certificates to the scouts.

“The biggest challenge that we have is manpower for resource protection, so any form of training regarding resource protection personnel is very much welcome. We really appreciate what BCP has done because that is a way of addressing the biggest challenge that we have about manpower. This training came at the right time”.
Jarton Shawa, Senior Warden, Kafue NP, DNPW.

Of the graduating scouts, 34 will be employed by CRBs (Community Resource Boards) in Eastern Province, and 16 in Lusaka Province. BCP will support the CRBs to cover the costs of Community Scouts.  Community scout operations in REDD+ Zones are paramount to safeguarding the wildlife habitat that BCP strives to protect in partnership with communities and Government.

“BCP values our partnership with the Government of Zambia, and are grateful to DNPW, most especially Senior Wildlife Warden, Jarton Shawa’s Kafue training unit. The unit did an amazing job of moulding the Scouts. This training partnership increases the number of community scouts protecting Zambia’s wildlife and habitat for the future of our great nation through REDD+ financing.  We look forward to supporting further training to qualify these scouts as Honorary Forest Officers”.
Tim Parker, LCFP Project Manager

The addition of new scouts would not be possible without the valuable funding that BCP received from The Darwin InitiativeNational Geographic, and The Lion Recovery Fund. BCP now funds 105 community scouts in partnership with 13 Chiefdoms, which means BCP has almost doubled its efforts to support communities tackle poaching and encroachment in Community Forests.  Community scouts now represent over 50% of the people on BCP’s payroll of 205 people.  Community members from our Chiefdom partners make up 65% of these jobs. We are proud to be supporting local communities to provide skilled employment and safeguard habitat in this way.

“This is one important way of conserving wildlife, because if we look after our forests we can reduce the impacts of climate change. I am very happy to be working at the forefront of habitat protection in Zambia”.
Joyce Kamunga, BCP supported community scout, Petauke, Eastern Province

International Conservation Organizations Game Rangers International and Peace Parks Foundation Go Carbon Neutral

Game Rangers International and Peace Parks Foundation, in partnership with BCP have taken tremendous steps to protect the environment that they work so hard to preserve. Game Rangers International has taken the resounding move to offset carbon emissions generated for all of their operations, both inside and outside of Zambia for the first 6 months of 2020Peace Parks Foundation took the leadership stride to offset all of the emissions they created through their air travel for 2019, which brought their air travel emissions for 2019 to neutral.

Game Rangers International
Through Game Rangers International and BCP’s partnership in the Lower Zambezi Ecosystem, Game Rangers International learned about carbon offsets, and how they are key to the sustainable future of Zambian wild spaces:

“We, as conservation leaders in Zambia, have to demonstrate that we understand the impact our work has on the environment, both the positive and the negative. Our actions in the GMAs and National Parks are all focused on supporting Rangers and communities, but these activities have an environmental impact which we have a duty to mitigate. We have to lead by example, which is why we are committed to being a Carbon Neutral organization. We are committed to the ongoing relationship with BCP as we both have a vision for a sustainable future for Zambia”.
Jonathan Churcher, GRI CEO.

Peace Parks Foundation
Passionately protecting and restoring critical ecosystems, Peace Parks Foundation has made great strides to be eco-conscious with regards to investing significantly in solar energy, implementing anti-pollution and recycling initiatives, and putting measures in place to save water. Once Peace Parks partnered with BCP in 2015, they realized just how “carbon clever” they could be, and since then have worked with BCP on their road to being climate positive:

“Peace Parks is incredibly proud of our partnership with BCP and the tremendous impact they are having on climate, biodiversity, and communities through their REDD+ work in Lower Zambezi and through the LCFP. We look forward to expanding this partnership in transfrontier conservation areas in southern Africa. BCP ignited a spark in us to take the first steps towards carbon neutrality for our own organization as well”.
Kathy Bergs, PPF CDO.

 BCP
“Conservation and carbon-consciousness are naturally aligned. We commend Game Rangers International and Peace Park’s leadership and hope that conservation organizations around the world become climate positive. There are many great projects globally to offset from, including from our fellow Environmental Finance Award winners: Biofilica in Brazil and Bluesource in the USA. There are so many great projects doing great work to help people and the environment to suit your organization’s requirements, so please consider making the move to become climate positive for the future of our planet”.
Dr Hassan Sachedina – BCP CEO

Across both projects, BCP is benefiting the lives of 221,796 people through initiatives that include: access to clean water, health facilities, improved schools, and education in conservation farming.

Please visit our website to find out more about BCP.

BCP Announced Runner Up for Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land-Use in Environmental Finance’s Annual Voluntary Carbon Market Awards

Nine years in the making, the BCP (BioCarbon Partners) team is excited to share that we have placed runner up in Environmental Finance’s (EF) 11th Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings – the largest and most closely watched survey of the world’s voluntary carbon market.

This year EF received over 2,000 votes from around the world, and BCP featured in the awards table! Companies working in the voluntary carbon market were asked to nominate the leading service providers in the voluntary carbon market. The voting criteria focused on: efficiency and speed of transaction; reliability; innovation; quality of service provided and influence on the market, not just the volume of transactions handled.

BCP is one of Africa’s leading forest carbon offset developers, with two projects: The LCFP (Luangwa Community Forest Project) and The LZRP (Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project), between which BCP is protecting close to 535 million trees from deforestation across almost 1 million hectares. That is an annual average reduction of deforestation related emissions of 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide across both projects per year, which is the equivalent of removing 290,000 cars from the roads each year! Its hugely successful REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) projects fund forest protection and community development through the sales of carbon offsets.

“BCP has been working towards this award for 9 years, and we are elated to be awarded the place of runner up. In our category of award recipients, BCP is the only carbon company that works directly with reducing deforestation in Africa. Out of the 14 companies recognized across all of the award categories, BCP is the only one that is based solely in, and operates entirely out of an African country.

This award was won by our entire team, who work tirelessly to ensure the running of BCP, and we are delighted for our dynamic and extremely hardworking colleagues to have been given this recognition. Nor could we have achieved this esteemed award without the support of our valuable buyers, without whom we could not protect our project areas from deforestation. We are proud of our partnership with the Zambian Forestry Department and Department of National Parks and Wildlife, whose relationships are key to protecting the forests, liaising with the communities, and striving towards zero encroachment. In order to ensure the running success of BCP, the communities we work with need to be wholly part of the process to ensure its sustainability, and for this commitment from them – we are thankful. Lastly, we are tremendously grateful to all of those who recognize our achievements and who took the time to vote for us… next year we are aiming for Number 1!”
Joke Hoffman, BCP COO

BCP’s mission is “Making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people”. Deforestation accounts for an estimated 15% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and Zambia’s is amongst the highest in the world. Zambia loses forest four times the size of New York City to deforestation each year… that’s an average of 300,000 hectares of valuable wildlife habitat depleted every year!

“Our partnership with BCP has enhanced the livelihoods of our communities and has given us a much greater appreciation of our forests. An example of how this partnership has benefited us is the provision of 900 beehives by BCP to our communities, and the 200 farmers across the Chiefdom who have been trained in conservation farming by BCP. Both of these initiatives provide people in the communities with a source of income that was not available before they entered into this partnership with BCP”.
HRH Chieftainess Msoro, Msoro Chiefdom, Mfuwe

Across both projects, BCP is benefiting the lives of 221,796 people through initiatives that include: access to clean water, health facilities, improved schools, education in conservation farming. 

To find out how you can buy carbon offsets visit our website.

Sky Trails Zambia Crowned One of Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Airlines

Sky Trails Zambia has achieved a major conservation milestone over August by becoming one of the first African, carbon neutral airlines during 2020! This pioneering carbon neutral status is a direct result of their partnership with BioCarbon Partners (BCP), in collaboration with the Zambian Government.

The company has offset emissions for its entire fleet for 2020 to date, in this industry-leading status.  Sky Trails Zambia has achieved this significant accolade by offsetting all of its measurable and identifiable carbon consumption from all of its business operations through the purchase of Verified Carbon Units.

Months on from the devastating toil that Covid-19 has taken on the tourism industry in Zambia, the announcement is a true testament to Sky Trails Zambia’s commitment to put conservation at the forefront of its business objectives.

“Sky Trails Zambia was established specifically to support conservation work and has carried out a great many hours of work in anti-poaching, wildlife surveys, logistics for conservation projects and transport of tourists to the less accessible destinations where tourism income is vital to conservation work. However, we remained with the anathema of hydrocarbon fuels being core to the operation of our business.  Remote carbon offset schemes which often had very questionable outcomes were distinctly unappealing. However, when the opportunity arose to offset all our carbon footprint through a project in Zambia aimed at the conservation of national landscape, supporting wildlife conservation, and feeding the resources through the under-developed local communities, it presented a perfect opportunity for us to become carbon neutral and thus enhance our underlying environmental objectives.”

Edmund Farmer – CEO, Accountable Manager for Sky Trails Zambia

Through BCP, funds generated from the sale of Sky Trails’ carbon offsets are re-invested into the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) to fund community projects and various livelihood initiatives:

“We have all been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and it is telling to see organizations still investing in conservation. It demonstrates just how important safeguarding Zambia’s natural resources is to Sky Trails. The LCFP is the largest REDD+ Project in Africa and to the best of our knowledge, the largest REDD+ project in the World in terms of quantified social beneficiaries, supporting close to 217,000 beneficiaries. Hand in hand with supporting the communities, it contributes to conservation efforts through the protection of nearly a million hectares of threatened wildlife habitat and in turn, wildlife. We know that by investing in people that we are going to help combat climate change by protecting our forests.”

Dr. Hassan Sachedina – BCP CEO

Sky Trails Zambia

Founded in 2003 by Edmund Farmer, Sky Trails was started up in Kasanka National Park, where Edmund was the manager of an innovative public-private conservation initiative. Sky Trails was formed around the need to move tourists between destinations in the north of Zambia and provide aerial support to conservation work in Zambia and beyond. From one aircraft operation, Sky Trails has grown into one of the foremost charter companies in Zambia with a fleet of six airplanes and one helicopter. Whilst tourism is the largest component of work today, the company also supports conservation projects and has an aircraft maintenance facility.

BCP

BCP is a Zambian-based social enterprise, which develops and manages long term forest carbon projects in Zambia. It is a leading African, carbon offset development company that partners with local communities to create environmental awareness and improve the quality of life for local communities. The current focus of BCP is on implementing and extending REDD+ projects in the greater Zambezi-Luangwa ecosystem with plans to extend our projects in the Kafue ecosystem in Zambia. BCP has certified two successful REDD+ projects in Zambia; The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) and The Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), combining an area of almost 1 million hectares, and 224,000 beneficiaries. Both projects have been validated to Community, Climate, and Biodiversity (CCB) triple gold standards (validation) and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) verification.

Third Time’s a Charm for Team #24 Eco-Charcoal in Monumental Triumph for Conservation Education in this Year’s Elephant Charge

Over the weekend (26/09/2020) Eco-Charcoal took part in The Fuchs 2020 Elephant Charge for its third year running. The Elephant Charge is an annual event that challenges teams of cars and motorbikes to complete a gruelling course through the Zambian bush. The Charge is held to raise money for conservation in Zambia. Its focus over the last 13 years is conservation through education, with the money raised from the Charge going to 11 Conservation organisations across Zambia. This year the event raised $144,644 in total, $40,000 of which was raised by Team #24 Eco-Charcoal! Overall, since its inception the event has raised a total of $1,176,284 for conservation in Zambia!

Team #24 Eco-Charcoal

In 2018, Team Eco-Charcoal raised a modest $1,300; determined to beat this, 2019 saw the team raise $6,000. This year, however, in the midst of Covid-19, and the devastating impact it is having on conservation, the team knew that it was vital to raise as much money as possible for conservation education. Proving that third time’s a charm, Team Eco-Charcoal raised $40,000; the equivalent of K800,000. That is the second highest amount ever raised in dollars, and the highest kwacha amount raised in the Charge’s 13-year history. The team went from never winning an award at the Charge, to coming home in 2020 with not one, but two awards, winning The Shortest Net Distance Award and The Highest Sponsorship Raised.

“2020 has been a tough year- the copper price has dropped 30% since January, tourism has taken a colossal hit as a result of Covid-19, businesses across the board are in a state of stress, inflation has spiked, and unemployment is rising. We are seeing the impacts that Covid-19 is having first hand through the communities that we work with.  It is pushing people who are already facing hardships, living in some of the most vulnerable communities in Zambia, to the absolute brink. As a result, we fear that people will turn to deforestation and poaching, which is something Eco-Charcoal is trying to educate communities against doing. It was for this very reason that we knew this year we had to raise more money than we had ever done before. Once we started fundraising I was blown away by people’s capacity to give, with our board graciously offering to match any amount raised up until $20,000! I cannot thank our supporters enough for their generosity in helping us reach our target”.

Dr. Hassan Sachedina – Team Eco-Charcoal driver and BCP CEO.

Eco-Charcoal

Deforestation causes 15% of global carbon emissions, and Zambia’s deforestation rate is amongst the highest in the world. One contributing factor to this is that only 27% of Zambians have access to electricity, leaving charcoal as the source of cooking, light and heat. On top of this, charcoal production is one of the primary income sources for many rural Zambians. BCP created Eco-Charcoal in response to this clear need to create a legal, sustainable alternative product for the market.

Probably the best Eco-Charcoal in the world – Eco-Charcoal is Zambia’s premium lumpwood charcoal which is sustainably produced to protect Zambian forests. It is 100% pure and natural, and burns 20% longer than regular charcoal. It is produced using a modern method that reduces harmful smoke and emissions during use, which reduces the risk of harmful inhalation by its users. Eco-Charcoal currently partners with 31 community producers we call “Charpreneurs” in a bid to provide fair and safe employment for rural Zambians.

To get your hands on a bag please visit us at:

BCP (BioCarbon Partners)
Leopards Hill Business Park
Lusaka, Zambia

Or from your nearest Shoprite branch at:Cosmopolitan /East Park/Twin Palms/Waterfall/Manda Hill,as well as: The Butcher’s Block in Leopard’s Hill, Kalimba Crocodile Farm, AMCA in Kabulonga, Raneta’s in Kabulonga, Little Gem in Lilayi and The Cheapest Shop in Ibex Hill

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Drop us an email at: ecsales@biocarbonpartners.com

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Zambia sets global benchmark for community forest conservation

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Twelve communities in the Luangwa Valley are benefitting from direct cash payments of K50 million ($2.3 million) thanks to a partnership with forest conservation business BCP (BioCarbon Partners). 

The ground-breaking Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) and Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), facilitated by BCP in partnership with communities, the Zambian Forestry Department and Department of National Parks and Wildlife have resulted in direct monetisation of forest resources by local people.

The public-private-community projects set a new standard in forest conservation that puts the nation at the forefront of global efforts to combat climate change, while protecting forest resources and creating livelihood opportunities for local people.

His Royal Highness Chief Bunda Bunda said: “My community has worked hard towards this REDD+ verification success for Zambia. We thank the government for helping our Chiefdom to access REDD+ benefits and to BCP for the partnership, which has increased employment, livelihoods and development projects.”

LZRP is the world’s first REDD+ project to pass seven Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) audits, enabling income to be generated from credits that offset the carbon footprints of organisations producing greenhouse gases.  LZRP was also the first REDD+ project in Africa to achieve triple-gold validation under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard for exceptional social impact. 

BCP CEO Dr Hassan Sachedina said: “We are privileged to support government and community efforts to conserve the Luangwa-Lower Zambezi ecosystem, one of the greatest remaining wildlife strongholds on earth.

“This has been a tough year due to the pandemic; tourism and conservation funding have declined, but through the extraordinary efforts of our partners such as Forestry Department, the LCFP has channelled K50 million into communities in 2020. We are grateful for USAID backing the LCFP’s development.  This is just the beginning of a long-term, self-sustainable conservation model which benefits communities and wildlife”.

At 944,000 hectares, the triple-gold CCB validated LCFP is Africa’s largest project by hectares and improves the lives of 217,000 people in 12 chiefdoms, while LZRP covers 40,000 hectares and benefits 7,000 people in 1 chiefdom.

About BCP

BCP is a leading African conservation social enterprise with a mission to make wildlife habitat conservation valuable to people. BCP employs over 160 people across 13 chiefdoms in Zambia, partnering to help conserve 1 million hectares of habitat in critical ecosystems.

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