WHO WE ARE:
BioCarbon Partners (BCP) is a social enterprise that develops and manages long-term REDD+ forest carbon projects in globally significant landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa. We combine an entrepreneurial approach with a core philosophy of caring for people and environments, to catalyze landscape-scale, community-based, sustainable market driven solutions to deforestation in Africa.
BCP is African-headquartered, focused and majority African-owned. Our aim is to provide an African-based model to deforestation mitigation projects, and to channel the benefits and gains of such projects back into local African economies. We are truly on-the-ground, locally based REDD+ project implementers, and we are committed to building local capacity to manage and effectively benefit from forest carbon projects.
BCP’s hybrid business model includes an efficient, lean commercial structure to sell and market credits, and a grassroots model that targets social and environmental impact at a community level. BCP’s mission is to address poverty reduction and conservation in a financially sustainable way. We are committed to ensuring that our projects achieve sustainable economic benefits and improve livelihoods for stakeholder communities located within their project zones.
BCP’s REDD+ projects address the need for carbon emission mitigation while also offering a full spectrum of sustainable benefits. We seek validation and verification of our projects against the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) Standards, as well as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). We are committed to developing and marketing high-quality carbon credits generated through projects that are periodically audited to ensure their compliance with rigorous international standards for REDD+ projects.
BCP operates by partnering with local governments, landowners, traditional leaders and community stakeholders in areas of conservation importance. We invest in land management, community development projects and accredited carbon verification, to offer quantifiable community and biodiversity benefits and to guarantee the security of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation. Our local presence and rural focus enable us to drive change with our partners, working to reinvent rural Africa, through innovative partnership-based Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects.
WHAT IS REDD+?
REDD+ stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”; the plus stands for conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ is a mechanism that uses financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in a measurable and verifiable way.
REDD+ projects are often referred to as “avoided deforestation” projects, as they follow a methodology that is designed to prevent the destruction of areas of intact forest that would otherwise—in the absence of carbon financing—be degraded or deforested. Essentially, REDD+ projects are designed to combat the market forces that drive deforestation under baseline scenarios with a market driven approach that places tangible and financial value on forest protection. REDD+ projects are not purely afforestation projects and they are more than Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) projects—although REDD+ projects may include these sorts of projects in their deforestation mitigation strategies, it is essential that REDD+ projects are able to demonstrate the explicit link between these sorts of deforestation mitigation activities and actual, quantifiable “avoided deforestation” outcomes.
BCP seeks verification of our REDD+ projects against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) Standard, to ensure and demonstrate that the benefits and emissions reductions that our projects achieve are measurable and quantifiable, and to ensure that we can offer “verified” carbon credits to interested buyers or investors. This provides an important guarantee of quality control and conformance with international standards.