Anabezi Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) is now the second camp in Zambia to go carbon neutral from VCS-verified forest carbon offsets as part of the initiative to achieve carbon neutrality status for the entire Park. Anabezi is a high end tourism camp in the LZNP near Kulefu Airstrip. Working with BioCarbon Partners (BCP), Anabezi Camp has purchased carbon credits from the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project which plays a vital role in protecting the habitat and boundary on the northern boundary of the park. Anabezi Camp has provided a critical contribution and leadership in supporting this initiative which seeks to generate innovative conservation finance solutions to improve conservation of this important ecosystem and trans-frontier conservation area. BCP assisted Anabezi to quantify its emissions footprint from fossil fuel and food consumption for the lodge and the Lusaka office.
The addition of Anabezi to this scheme follows upon the earlier partnership with Chiawa and Old Mondoro Lodges in the park, which signed up in June 2015. With Anabezi on board, it means that 50% of the total operators in the LZNP are now carbon-neutral from operations in 2015 through purchase of verified forest carbon offsets! This globally innovative initiative not only generates important conservation funds for local biodiversity but also aims to enhance the marketing of Lower Zambezi National Park, but also engages and creates awareness within the tourism sector about carbon neutrality from verified sources as a new benchmark in sustainable tourism.
BCP, together with Conservation Lower Zambezi, are excited about partnering with the tourism sector, and aim to finalize the Lower Zambezi National Park carbon neutral from operations status in 2015, which hopefully other parks in Africa will emulate as a gold standard for park operations and conservation.
Individuals wishing to offset their household annual emissions, please visit the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project page at Stand for Trees site, where you can offset your carbon impact.
To learn more about Anabezi Camp, please go to: www.anabezi.com