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 836 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/

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.