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.

Don’t offset with us. First, we want you to reduce your emissions, and we will even help advise you along the way. And then, once you’re on your journey to emissions reduction, we will be more than happy to help you offset what emissions remain. Contact us at info@biocarbonpartners.com and let us help you today!

Zambian REDD+ Project Brings It Home to Africa!

The Environmental Finance Annual Global Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings (A.K.A the Olympics of the carbon markets) are out, and BCP is delighted to share that the LCFP (Luangwa Community Forests Project) was ranked the Best Individual Offsetting Project in the World, bringing the gold home to Zambia in 2021! 

This recognition is testament to the Zambian Government’s leadership in creating an enabling environment by granting carbon rights to communities. With carbon ownership, communities partnering in the LCFP have blazed a trail of increasing livelihoods and wildlife, while decreasing encroachment and emissions from deforestation, proving that quality and scalable community projects are possible.

In 2020 and 2021, while the Zambian economy is estimated to have contracted by 1.2% and thousands of jobs have been lost as a result of Covid-19, the pandemic has placed immense pressure on Zambia’s rural communities, many of whom rely on the conservation, tourism and agricultural sectors. While tourism has been pushed to the brink (with South Luangwa NP generating an estimated $30 million pre-Covid-19 to as little as $4.5 million today), REDD+ has continued to bring revenue to local communities, with direct payments of K92 million (US$ 4.8 million) directly paid to communities since the pandemic began.   Over the last five years, household income has increased 171%, and a minimum of 1,000 jobs have been created in the LCFP, demonstrating how durable and successful the REDD+ model has proven to Zambia’s local economy!

“The reason why I partnered with BCP is that we share the same values of protecting the environment. We have seen a lot of changes, in terms of wildlife numbers, how the forest is being cared for, and the community impacts. Through the partnership, we have seen development and enhanced infrastructure in the Chiefdom. As well as seeing the benefits of climate-smart agriculture techniques”
His Royal Highness and Chairman of the House of Chiefs,  Senior Chief Luembe.

When it comes to climate change, Africa is so often the ‘forgotten continent’, for it receives less than 3% of global climate finance, however, 30 out of the 40 most climate-vulnerable countries in the world are in Africa. As a continent it contributes the least to global warming, and yet, extreme weather events are growing in both frequency and severity with an alarming impact on biodiversity loss, making it so important to put African projects, such as LCFP on the map;

“We are incredibly humbled by this recognition in the global rankings.  We are so grateful to everyone who voted for us, and without whose commitment this would not be possible.  We thank our community and government partners for their central role in these achievements showing that Zambia is far ahead in implementing quality forest protection at scale, and USAID for their visionary catalytic financial support of the project.  With the IPPC’s report declaring a ‘code red for humanity’, scale, quality and community participation are critical in the climate change fight. The best thing about projects like LCFP is that they embody hope.  People are benefitting, wildlife is benefitting and the world is benefitting
Dr. Hassan Sachedina, BCP Founder and CEO.

In addition to the world’s best REDD+ project, BCP  received the award for best impact report and was runner-up as best developer in the forestry sector, and runner-up as best developer, overall.

Join us on our journey and check out BCP’s award-winning Impact Report right here!

How Does REDD+ Benefit Biodiversity?

Sable Antelope

Our approach at BCP is to partner with communities and the government to protect, restore and restock African dryland forests. In addition to resource protection, appropriate restocking is one of the best ways to accelerate the restoration of wildlife to their carrying capacities in global wildlife strongholds like Zambia’s Luangwa ecosystem. We teamed up with Munyamadzi Game Reserve to co-fund a sable restocking effort as part of a vision for more areas of the Luangwa Valley to return to carrying capacities. While this particular effort is on private land, the area is unfenced and the wildlife in time could move into community forests. A perfect example of #carbonfinance directly increasing wildlife! Additionally, these sable were purchased from private game ranches and not wild captured, thereby contributing to supporting the wider wildlife economy in Zambia.

If you’d like to find out more about the significance of protecting existing African dryland forests check out this article by BCP’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Hassan Sachedina.

Help To Put Africa More On The Global Voluntary Carbon Map In 2021!

Deforestation accounts for 11% of human caused emissions each year.  This may not seem high, but if deforestation were a country, it would rank behind China and the US in terms of total carbon emissions.  In Africa though, forestry and land use account for around 50% of Africa’s annual carbon emissions.  Yet, Africa is one of the most under-represented continents in the global voluntary carbon markets.  But BCP is helping to try and change this!
The annual Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings is now open for voting and we need your help to get us to number 1 and put Africa on the map this year for Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land Use!
Voting only takes 5 Minutes (we timed it for you)
To vote for BCP head on over to Environmental Finance’s voting page here and remember to nominate BioCarbon Partners – BCP under Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land Use, and the  Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) for Best Project, and while you are there please vote for BioCarbon Partners – BCP as Best Overall Project Developer!
Just a few reasons to vote for BCP in 2021
Across both the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) and the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) BCP, together with Zambian Government and our community partners, benefits a total of 225,000 people, and enhances the livelihoods of over 37,000 households from forest carbon fees, employment, and livelihood support. All the while protecting one of Africa’s largest biodiversity corridors. 

In 2020 and 2021, while the Zambian economy is estimated to have contracted by 1.2% and thousands of jobs have been lost as a result of Covid-19, the LCFP has injected direct cash payments of $4.76 million dollars into the 12 Chiefdoms that partner with BCP under the LCFP. Under REDD+’s proven mechanism of benefit sharing, we are bringing life-changing impacts to our community partners when they need it the most!

Conserving almost 535 million trees, and with close to 7 million tons of carbon emissions reduced to date, both of BCP’s REDD+ Projects have been verified against the Verified Carbon Standard, The world’s leading voluntary Greenhouse Gas program. In 2021, the LZRP is the only project in Africa to receive 8 consecutive verifications and only the second in the World to achieve this! The LZRP is Africa’s first Climate Community, and Biodiversity  Alliance Triple Gold Project (CCBA), with ‘Gold’ level verification against all three categories of the CCB Standard for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits, while the LCFP has achieved CCB Triple Gold Validation for exceptional community impact. BCP is also a proud member of the B Corporation global community, scoring in the top 0.5% globally.

Take Advantage Of Our 2-4-1 Offer And Join Us On Our Journey Of Ecosystem Restoration

To celebrate World Environment Day 2021, and to give back to you, our valued carbon-supporters, we are offering a 2-4-1 on all carbon offsets for the next week only!*


Together, with the Zambian Government and our 13 Chiefdom community partners, BCP currently supports two projects, the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) and the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) in Lusaka and Eastern Provinces to protect close to 1 million hectares of forest.

At BCP we understand that in order to address deforestation, we have to look deeper and tackle the root causes linked to the economic and social reasons behind it. As a result, across both the LZRP and LCFP a total of 225,000 people are benefiting, and the livelihoods of over 37,000 households are being strengthened through direct payments to communities from revenue from forest carbon fees, employment, and livelihood support.

Conserving almost 535 million trees, and with close to 7 million tons of carbon emissions reduced to date, BCP is part of #generationrestoration and you can be too!

Both of BCP’s REDD+ Projects have been verified against the Verified Carbon Standard, the world’s leading voluntary Greenhouse Gas program. The LZRP is Africa’s first Climate Community, and Biodiversity Alliance Triple Gold Project (CCBA), with ‘Gold’ level verification against all three categories of the CCBA Standard for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits, while the LCFP has achieved CCBA Triple Gold Validation for exceptional community impact. Awarded Runner Up for  Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land-use in the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Markets Ranking 2020, BCP is also a certified member of the B Corporation community, scoring in the top 0.5% globally.

BCP is a brand that you can trust! Offset with us today and join us on a journey of ecosystem restoration, climate action, and conservation protection.

*We are offering a 2-4-1 on verified carbon offsets. This means 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)!
**Offer runs until Saturday 12th June 2021.

Do African Dryland Forests Remove Carbon?

By: Dr. Hassan Sachedina (BCP), Dr. Marius van der Vyver (BCP) & Dr. Tim Tear (Biodiversity Research Institute)

Each new week brings a new net-zero pledge by a different country or company. It is encouraging to see the global commitment towards climate change mitigation growing. It is, however, worrying to see a rift appearing in the market between projects that are seen to remove carbon like tree planting or engineered carbon capture pitted against protecting indigenous forests through REDD+ projects. The aim of this blog is to encourage an ‘and/and’ approach to scaling up all climate mitigation solutions, and to try to dispel the myth of the ‘either/or’ at this critical juncture. The science shows that we are behind track, and that we need every tool in the toolkit to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. We are concerned that the perception that protecting old forests is irrelevant to climate change is misleading, and risks reducing funding for conserving important wildlife landscapes, and this could negatively impact communities. With deforestation increasing 12% in 2020 to 12 million hectares globally, and atmospheric carbon surpassing 420 ppm in 2021, there is neither the time nor logic to exclude REDD+ projects from carbon markets.

What is needed globally are large scale efforts that reduce carbon concentrations in the air. REDD+ projects avoid deforestation: they keep carbon sequestered that would have been added to the atmosphere. Tropical forests protected by REDD+ also remove additional carbon from the atmosphere. The next paragraph is a practical and pragmatic example of how this approach has played out in Zambia, to the benefit of real people, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Zambia is one of Africa’s most forested countries (60%), but also has one of the highest amounts of deforestation by landcover per year of any African country (~300,000 ha per annum). Zambia is also listed by the World Bank as a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC). In the last 12 months, BCP has made direct transformational payments of $4.3 million to 12 communities partnering in the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP). Had the pandemic not happened, this benefit flow would still have exceeded tourism revenues to communities. With the tourism collapse and reduction in philanthropy due to COVID, REDD+ payments have become the single largest source of community revenues in history.

Adjacent to the LCFP is BCP’s pilot 40,000 ha Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP) which is 90 kms as the crow flies from the capital city of Lusaka. The evidence of deforestation along this route is stark; barren due to charcoal production and agricultural clearing in this peri-urban area. The difference between the REDD+ forest is so marked that we nicknamed the forest type “cathedral miombo” for how the canopy interlocks high overhead. Historically though, while the forest remained intact in this area, wildlife was depleted due to poaching. When the project started, the forest was a proverbial ‘emerald desert’.

Following its formation in 2012, The LZRP went on to become Africa’s first CCB triple gold validated REDD+ project, and has since passed 7 VCS verifications. Developing the project was an uphill task and took a team of dedicated individuals, together with community and Government partners to achieve. Our first task was the hard and slow process of building alliances with community neighbors. The second was forest management and restoration. After our first few VCS audits, it became clear that the trees were growing. We did not expect this: this was meant to be a stable old forest. The two key management interventions we put in place were the reduction of fire and the promotion of wildlife. To monitor if our protection impacted wildlife species, we partnered with Lion Landscapes to monitor population trends of key wildlife species. The findings have been significant, such as the increase in roan antelope, plus most other grazers and browsers.

Our forest inventory data shows an increase in average stem diameter per year and an increase of trees per hectare, which on average removes 1.1 kg of CO2e per annum per tree. If we take the mean density of trees in LZRP to be 498 per hectare, the CO2e accumulation over the project accounting area is 18,561 tCO2e annually. When we expand this across the 1 million ha of both projects that BCP implements (LCFP and LZRP), the forests in the two projects are removing an additional 285,358 tons of CO2e per annum, which is 19% of the annual net emissions reductions of both projects.

Growing forests accumulate and store carbon. Through the process of photosynthesis, trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it as cellulose, lignin, and other compounds. The rate of accumulation is equal to growth minus removals minus decomposition. In well-managed forests, growth should exceed removals and decomposition, so the amount of carbon stored increases overall. Research has shown that between 2001 and 2019, the world’s forests sequestered about twice as much carbon dioxide as they emitted absorbing a net 7.6 billion metric tons of CO2 per year (1.5 times more carbon than the Unites States emits annually).

We hypothesize that in our projects that the reduction of annual hot fires and increased wildlife is restoring a degraded forest where trees now thrive. Increased wildlife trample and eat fuel that would have burned, and convert it to fertilizer deposited on the forest floor. When trees, even fire evolved ones, experience less fire stress and receive nutrient cycling from manure and decomposition of unburned vegetation, they grow larger.

But what if our efforts in Zambia are a small outlier, with little relevance to global climate change mitigation? Or are we just beginning to understand the extent of active ecological restoration in terms of its importance to mitigating climate change?

After the Amazon and Congo basin forests, Miombo woodlands are the 3rd largest forest type on earth. The Miombo woodland biome is also Africa’s most valuable habitat for ecosystem services – providing more direct benefits to Africa’s rural communities than any other habitat type. Fire and herbivory are fundamental disturbance factors in shaping the evolution of the Miombo biome. Miombo woodlands have evolved with fire and thus recover quickly after a fire occurrence, unlike most other forest types. The extent of the recovery depends on the fire intensity, frequency, and season. Fires in Miombo woodlands are a fact of life, but they need to be managed. When you look at a fire map of Africa, vast areas of Miombo dominated countries such as Zambia, Mozambique, and Angola burn annually. While the image of fires in California, Australia, and Nepal in the media dominate, the truth is that 75% of emissions from savanna fires actually originate in Africa (Lipsett-Moore et al. 2018).

Relatively simple changes in fire management can make a huge difference – like shifting to cooler early-season burns and reducing the frequency of fires in areas that burn regularly. Repeated hot fires over time can result in a decline in forest quality reducing other vital ecosystem benefits that local communities depend upon. With over 40% of the planet’s land degraded and emitting carbon, restoring African ecosystems by these two, relatively simple habitat management actions of reducing fire and increasing wildlife are key tools to remove carbon from the air and store it in the soil and trees. Methodologies exist to generate soil carbon credits from changes to livestock management. Wildlife is more mobile, harder to herd, and occurs at lower densities than livestock. But because wildlife performs a similar herbivory function they may help ecosystems to accrue carbon more quickly in biomass and soils. It is a shift in thinking for African conservationists to see wildlife as a tool to remove carbon from the air. Even if the carbon removed by wildlife restoration is incremental, the incentives to landowners and communities to conserve biodiversity are potentially meaningful. These findings have not been scientifically validated yet, but together with partners, BCP is working to scale up our fire and wildlife conservation efforts and to explore carbon methodology applications to monetize these efforts without double counting credits we generate from REDD+.

A recent study (Plumptre et al. 2021) estimates only 2.9% of the global land area to be intact in terms of fauna biodiversity, which can be expanded up to 20% if the faunal composition was restored with the introduction of 1-5 species. Our project areas fall within this potential zone where most of the habitat is still in good condition to restore these mammal species assemblages and thus restore the landscape and its required ecosystem patterns and processes. If we can also successfully manage fire at scale in the same wildlife habitats, this could also benefit local communities and reduce emissions. As a conservation social enterprise, whose mission is to make conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people, BCP is excited at the prospect that there is another possible incentive towards conserving wildlife.

The metrics are alarming. Since 1974, elephants have declined 71% from roughly 1.4 million to 400,000, and lions have declined 90% from an estimated 200,000 in 1975 to only 20,000 today. Africa’s population is projected to double by 2050 to 2.5 billion people, meaning more than a quarter of the world’s people will live in Africa. By 2100, Africa’s population is projected to grow another 80% to 4.5 billion people. That is a 291% population increase in the next 79 years! In 2018, Africa’s economy was under 3% of total global economic output. The consequence of rapid population growth combined with poverty will likely result in massive habitat loss and the continued decline of elephant, lion, and other species to remnant populations. Africa’s remaining forests are under pressure today and a further reason why there is no time to sideline forest carbon markets. Markets for carbon offsets and access to capital are needed to close the massive funding gap to protect remaining “giga-forests”. We term ‘giga-forests’ as habitats with the ability to store up to a billion tons of carbon while fostering viable populations of the world’s remaining biodiversity. The Luangwa Community Forests Project is one such ‘giga-forest’ but the world needs thousands of these giga-forests to be protected and financially sustainable. Carbon markets offer the best tool in a generation to restore and protect these giga-forests. An increase in offset pricing is needed to offset the opportunity costs that are likely to exponentially increase alongside population growth.

It is misleading to say that planting trees is more effective at carbon removal than protecting remaining intact forests. Old forests capture more carbon than tree planting because they have had centuries to establish roots and structures to store carbon in biomass and soils. As a global community, we do not have the time to focus our carbon strategy on planting trees alone, or technologically engineered solutions, which are not scalable yet. Both of these activities should be scaled up for sure. We have a cost-effective and ready tool in front of us by protecting old tropical forests. We cannot afford to squander this opportunity. The myriad of benefits of forest protection for communities, biodiversity, water, and the climate should on their own make the risk of scaling up REDD+ worthwhile—even for the staunchest of forest carbon skeptics.

What can we do?

We need access to carbon markets for REDD+ projects, alongside technological solutions and tree-planting. We also need policies that incentivize landowners to promote wildlife, and a methodology that enables wildlife increases and fire reductions to be able to monetize carbon offsets. It is important that access to capital to develop REDD+ projects continues to grow, and it is vital that the pricing of offsets increases to reflect the true value of the services these REDD+ projects provide.

It is well-known that habitat restoration at scale costs money – and carbon offsetting offers perhaps the greatest tool of our generation to close the conservation funding gap and lift millions of people out of poverty. This is the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and we can only hope that the important role that African dryland forest REDD+ projects serve in emissions reduction and biodiversity protection services is properly valued. Of course, we don’t believe that offsetting should replace deep decarbonization at source. Decarbonizing at source is imperative, but so is protecting and valuing remaining forests through verified high-quality REDD+ projects while there is still time to do so.

References:

  1. Lipsett-Moore, G.J., Wolff, N.H., & Game, E.T. (2018) Emissions mitigation opportunities for savanna countries from early dry season fire management Nat Commun 9, 2247.
  2. Plumptre AJ, Baisero D, Belote RT, Vázquez-Domínguez E, Faurby S, Jȩdrzejewski W, Kiara H, Kühl H, Benítez-López A, Luna-Aranguré C, Voigt M, Wich S, Wint W, Gallego-Zamorano J and Boyd C (2021) Where Might We Find Ecologically Intact Communities? Front. For. Glob. Change 4:626635. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.626635.
  3. Photos by Edward Selfe.

BCP IS PROUD TO BE PART OF A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF LEADERS BALANCING SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND PURPOSE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR PLANET


Over 3,900 companies across 150 industries in 74 countries, all with 1 unifying goal= To redefine success in business.

BCP is part of a global community of Certified B Corporations (B Corps) that are uniting for-profit companies to use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. B Corps meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. With certification processes that use credible, comprehensive, transparent, and independent standards to ensure verification, verified B Corporations are companies that you can trust. As part of the B Corps community, BCP works towards reduced inequality, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. As a registered B Corp, BCP is contractually required to consider the impact of our decisions on our employees, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment by participating in audits every two years that assess and ensure that our policies and practices are held to the highest standards.

We are proud to share that as a result of our continued dedication to our employees, and to upholding our environmental and sustainable responsibilities to better our planet, that BCP ranked in the top 0.5% of B Corps Globally, following our recertification in April 2021. BCP scored the second-highest rating in Africa and ranked 17th in the world out of a total of over 3,900 companies, earning us the title of “Best for the World Honoree” for our rating of 150+.

“Working at BCP is about building something much bigger and far greater than ourselves, it’s about building a sustainable future for our planet. To do so, we understand that we have to adhere to a set of environmental and sustainable standards. But not only that, we have to look after our ‘BCPeople’, who are the backbone of our company, without whom our mission would not succeed. It is so important for us to be part of the B Corps community because it provides reassurance to our valued stakeholders, partners, and carbon offset buyers that we have gone the extra mile and joined a community that holds us accountable on how we look after our employees, as well as our environmental and social impact”.
BCP CEO, Dr. Hassan Sachedina.

Beyond our B Corp certification, our high-quality, Verified Carbon Offsets are verified and audited against the highest international standards by two of the most widely recognized and respected independent authorities – VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) and CCBA (The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance). These standards verify that our carbon offsets are real, rigorously, and scientifically measured, and benefit local communities, forests, and biodiversity. Going one step further, the LZRP is CCB Triple Gold Verified for exceptional community impacts, while the LCFP is CCB Triple Gold Validated. Additionally, as an organization, we meet 16 out of 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with our goal to meet all 17 by 2030.

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A Ton of Good: Lion Landscapes and BCP partner to create Lion Carbon

Lion cubs playing, Ed Selfe Photography

Lion Landscapes, a grassroots organization working in Africa, has become the first conservation organization to become ‘100% climate positive’, using the ground-breaking Lion Carbon.

Lion Carbon is an innovative premium carbon offset that simultaneously addresses climate change, landscape-level biodiversity conservation, and local empowerment. Lion Carbon is developed by BCP, one of Africa’s leading forest carbon offset developers, in partnership with Lion Landscapes, a conservation organization working in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

How does Lion Carbon work?

Under BCP’s REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Model, the mechanism generates sustainable income for local communities, which is linked to the conservation of their forests and wildlife:

“Lion Carbon is a tool to close the funding gap in protecting Africa’s greatest wildlife legacy landscapes. The Lower Zambezi to Luangwa Valley is described by National Geographic as one of the last 10 lion strongholds on the planet.  Lion Carbon aims to help restore the Luangwa Valley’s wildlife and forests through improved community livelihoods.  We need to be creative in ways to help protect ‘gigaforests’; forests that have the potential to store up to a billion tons of carbon”

Dr Hassan Sachedina, BCP CEO.

Biodiversity loss is closely tied to poverty in many parts of Zambia, where local communities depend on the use of natural resources to meet their basic needs. Limited financial models exist to incentivize local people to protect biodiversity, with tourism being a key player. Even in normal years, tourism often fails to generate sufficient revenue for conservation, while the recent crash in global tourism due to Covid-19 has decimated income for many wildlife areas.

“As conservationists, we spend our lives trying to facilitate coexistence between people and wildlife where wildlife generally represents more of a cost than a benefit to local people. We don’t believe that just minimising those costs is enough. We are thrilled that our partnership with BCP has allowed us to help develop a solution that significantly improves the wellbeing of people as a direct result of habitat and wildlife conservation.”

Dr Alayne Cotterill, joint CEO of Lion Landscapes.

A REDD+ Model you can Trust

BCP works in partnership with Government and local communities to conserve forests under 30-year forest management agreements, using the highest Verified Carbon Standards (VCS). In addition to this, BCP’s projects were the first in Africa to achieve gold-level validation against all three categories of the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, while the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project has also attained CCB Triple Gold Verification. Income from BCP’s carbon offsets protects over 530,000,000 trees across almost 1 million hectares of community forest. That is an average reduction of deforestation-related emissions of 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent to removing 290,000 cars from the roads annually. It is not just climate and forests that are benefitting. In 2020-2021, the Luangwa Community Forests Project generated over US$4 million in direct payments to 12 chiefdoms for the protection of wildlife habitat and community development. Across both projects the REDD+ model benefits 225,000 people, making BCP’s REDD+ projects the biggest in the world in terms of community beneficiaries.

Email info@biocarbonpartners.com today to find out how you can be part of the change and offset Lion Carbon today.

Bringing Us Closer To Over 20,000 Community Beneficiaries in Mwanya and Chitungulu: BCP’s Lundazi Office Is Officially Open

Access to clean water is a basic human right that has changed the lives of so many in LCFP.
The LCFP (Luangwa Community Forests Project) – As Africa’s largest REDD+ project by hectarage, the distance from our Lusaka Head office to the northernmost Chitungulu Chiefdom by North Luangwa National Park stretches over roughly 850 kms.  In order to more reliably serve our community and government partners, we added an 8th office in Lundazi town to support Mwanya and Chitungulu Chiefdoms, and to begin engaging with a possible new Chiefdom partner, Kazembe. Together, the 3 Chiefdoms cover a total of 138,967 hectares of vital ecosystem. Lundazi is home to Lukusuzi and Luambe National Parks, and borders both North and South Luangwa National Parks, making it a conservation ‘bridge’. Between Mwanya and Chitungulu alone, LCFP’s reach is so impactful that it is benefiting a total of 20,753 beneficiaries across 3,459 households.

Due to the remoteness of the area, the new Lundazi office is integral to streamlining operations, such as community scout deployment and community engagement; and to strengthen our partnership with our Chiefdom and government partners in the region.
Lundazi borders Malawi and is located 187 kms from Chipata.

“I share BCP’s goal of making conservation of wildlife habitat more valuable to my people. Since our partnership with BCP began 4 years ago, there have been such positive changes. I see a mindset change in our people, which is evident in the following: a reduction in cases of human-wildlife conflict, low findings of illegal fishing, and a drop in deforestation for charcoal and timber production”.
His Royal Highness, Chief Chitungulu

In 2020,  using forest carbon fees directly paid by BCP to the community, Mwanya Chiefdom installed solar lighting at Mkasanga Primary School and purchased a fiberglass boat for the Lukusuzi River crossing point; a risky site due to crocodiles in the rainy season. While, Chitungulu Chiefdom invested in boreholes, and in teachers’ housing in Kasamba, which has helped to prevent teachers from seeking employment elsewhere. These may seem like basic necessities; however, they are bringing life-changing impacts to the community members they are reaching.
Why Zambia?
Zambia’s deforestation is among the highest in the world. Zambia loses forest four times the size of New York City to deforestation every year. That’s an average of 300,000 hectares of valuable wildlife habitat, mainly driven by charcoal production and unsustainable farming techniques. We understand that in order to address deforestation, we have to develop deeper partnerships to jointly tackle the root causes of why deforestation is taking place, to begin with. The LCFP is a partnership between Government, BCP, and 12 Chiefdoms in the Luangwa to Lower Zambezi valleys, that works to address key drivers of deforestation while benefitting local communities and supporting forest and wildlife restoration.  The LCFP is enhancing the quality of life for 217,000 people in 36,000 households in one of Zambia’s most impoverished regions through a partnership-based approach.