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

Phone us on: +260 976 321 164
Drop us an email at: ecsales@biocarbonpartners.com

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