BCP Donates 30 Tents to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife

BCP Donates 30 Tents and Printer to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW)

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BioCarbon Partners (BCP), through the USAID funded, Community Forests Program (CFP), continues to offer technical support to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), formerly known as the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA). Earlier this year, BCP donated 30 tents and a printer (at an estimated cost of 5,000 USD) to provide operational support to DNPW at their newly established District level offices in Chongwe.

DPNW works to protect, conserve, and manage Zambia’s wildlife parks by promoting integrated and participatory approaches to wildlife management, especially in Zambia’s Game Management Areas (GMAs), and to reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife.

BCP was approached by DNPW to see whether they could offer some technical support in the form of 30 tents (accommodating 2 people each) for DNPW scouts operating in Chongwe. These scouts are operating in Chongwe, Rufunsa, and the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP), where BCP is also implementing the Lower Zambezi REDD+ project (LZRP).  DNPW has been an integral part of the conservation strategy in the Lower Zambezi ecosystem.

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DNPW scouts in action

BCP has been supporting DNPW in the field by providing logistical support such as food and other technical help for field operations in the Lower Zambezi National Park. DNPW is assisting BCP by providing senior scouts to accompany BCP village scouts while conducting patrols in the Rufunsa Conservancy and LZNP.

Senior Wildlife Warden of DNPW, Kenneth Namunino Nyambe, listed numerous challenges in setting up the newly established Regional Office including: transport, inadequate operational supplies, and lack of gear for the scouts to use on patrols.  “In view of the above challenges, BioCarbon Partners came to our aid with the donation of electronics and operational materials. These were donations of thirty by two camping tents for rainy season operations, three laptops, three desktop computers and laser jet printer that the institution was able to procure to effectively manage the regional office administratively. This gesture by BioCarbon Partners has boosted the morale in our officers which has subsequently increased performance, as for the Wildlife Police officers, they can now be deployed for rain season operation without any hesitation.” Explained Mr Nyambe

In addition to this most recent support, last year, BCP/CFP, donated six computers (3 laptops and 3 desktops) to DNPW.

 

This blog is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this blog are the sole responsibility of BCP and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

 

BCP’s Honey Production Project in Rufunsa creates a buzz

Thanks to a new pilot project under the USAID-funded Community Forests Program (CFP), life is becoming a little bit sweeter for some households in the project zone for the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project (LZRP), taking place in Bunda-Bunda Chiefdom of Rufunsa District.

The sustainable Honey production pilot project was started in mid-2014, and to date, a total of 93 individuals from the project zone for the LZRP have been trained to maintain and manage their own hives. As part of the project, over 200 hives have been distributed with 120 swarm boxes. Under the CFP, BCP plans to increase the number of participants and to have at least 1,000 hives by the end of 2016. The Honey production project is taking place in partnership with an established honey production organization in Zambia. The aim of the project is two-fold: First, to sustainably manage and protect the local forest resources, and second, to assist local communities and families develop viable enterprises that can bring revenue to rural households, generated through sustainable business practices. Under the CFP, BCP is promoting the idea that improving community livelihoods is a very important prerequisite for sustainable forest management.

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Mr. Nketani shows the traditional beehives he used before receiving the Kenyan Top Bar hives.  Traditional beehives increased deforestation.  One tree was used to make a hive and could only be used 1-2 seasons

Smart Nketani and his wife Bertina attended the most recent honey production and beekeeping training conducted by Kapenda Mabula Natural Products (the maker of Luano Honey brand), facilitated by BCP under the CFP, which took place from 29th September-01st October 2015. Following the training, the Nketani’s, have created an impressive apiary in the Miombo woodland surrounding their farm. Mr Nketani explains how he greatly appreciated this opportunity: ”My wife and I are so happy especially with the seven hives we were given which now make up an impressive apiary just near our farm house. We used to cut trees to make bark traditional hives, but these hives would rot eventually and the type of honey that we would harvest was not of good quality. With the knowledge we were equipped with, we’re positive to produce over 10 liters of good quality honey per harvest from each hive without contributing to deforestation by cutting trees down.” Mrs. Nketani added that the training was very well done: ”They taught us a lot of things with demonstrations, like how to bait and how to move the queen from the swarm box to the hive. We are now experts!”

 

The support being given to the local community is being appreciated and more local farmers are now approaching BCP staff, requesting to be trained and equipped with hives. The beekeeping initiative offers one of the best opportunities for the rural communities because of its minimal requirements for land, machinery and equipment, labor and capital investment. Beehives typically start producing good harvests within two (2) years once hives become occupied with bees.
Under the CFP, Honey production trainings are usually done in partnership with the Forestry Department station in Chinyunyu, Rufunsa District, and other partners from the private sector such as Kapenda Mabula Natural Products. The trainings accommodate a limited number (20-30) people per session, and they are designed to be personalized, intensive, and hands-on.

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Participants at the most recent training in February 2016 learning about beekeeping

During the last round of trainings under the Honey Production pilot, the Rufunsa Team was interested to note that farmers from nearby areas outside of the project zone also participated in the training program, although they are not eligible to receive hives at this time. This clearly shows that the farmers in the area are interested in beekeeping, and the project is set to expand well in upcoming years, and grow to include new areas. In upcoming years, the Honey Production initiative in Rufunsa is planned to include hundreds of participants and thousands of beehives!

 

This blog is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this blog are the sole responsibility of BCP and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.