Q and A

How do I contact you about starting a REDD project in my area?

You can reach us through our contact page.

How do I know the benefits you claim about your REDD project are true?

Our credits are issued after a strict verification and validation process completed in conjunction with a credit-issuing standards organization called the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).  VCS holds us to very strict standards and issue Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) which are more commonly known as “REDD Carbon Credits”.  In addition, BCP has chosen to achieve accreditation under a second standard known as the Community, Conservation and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).  This second standards organization scrutinizes our claims about the benefits to the surrounding communities and the biodiversity we are claiming to protect.

You can find out more about these standards at www.v-c-s.org and www.climate-standards.org

Are the credits BCP produces applicable for compliance related goals, as committed to in the Kyoto Protocol?

NO, REDD credits are not yet accepted by the compliance oriented market for meeting national level commitments to reduced emissions as per the Kyoto Protocol.  However, REDD credits are on the cusp of being accepted towards this. Significant progress was made towards that end at the recently concluded CoP 17, in Durban, South Africa.

How are the revenues from the sale of REDD credits reinvested and redistributed?

BCP uses the dividends of the carbon in three ways. Firstly, land management is invested in.  This includes community scouts and infrastructure development, both job creation sources.  Secondly, because we are a social enterprise, BCP reinvest significantly in community development projects.  These include alternative business development investment (like honey, bio-charcoal and tourism), demand-driven social service investments and conservation agriculture.  Thirdly, the profits are equitably shared with the landowners (who may be the community in certain cases).