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 522 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/