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BCP supports Community Scouts to patrol the community forests under REDD+.
Sustainable and climate-friendly honey production for people and planet.
Food security and a sustainable future for some of Zambia's most nutrition insecure families.
Legacy Forests is an independent legal entity registered as a non-profit within Zambia, whose role is to support fundraising initiatives to expand community based efforts and activities that are aligned with BCP’s mission of making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people. Legacy Forests proudly supports a range of community based livelihood initiatives as well as large-scale conservation and forest protection efforts under its 3 Pillars: Conservation, Biodiversity and Livelihoods. When communities have an incentive to protect their forests and wildlife, it is a win for the communities, a win for biodiversity, and a win for our planet!
One such community impact project is Eco-Charcoal, a pilot project ‘incubated’ by BCP Trust. Starting in 2012, the Eco-Charcoal project was developed to directly address unsustainable charcoal production as one of the major drivers of deforestation in Zambia. Since then, the Eco-Charcoal project has continued to grow and improve, through ongoing partnerships with BCP, Forestry Department, Musika, and Peace Parks Foundation.
“I love my job. Eco-Charcoal helps to support me, as well as my grandchildren. I am a widow and my grandchildren depend on me. With this income, we can buy food and I have managed to buy items for the house such as a kettle. For me, this is very good.
Indiwina Kalunga, Eco-Charcoal Charpreneur, Kantyantya village.
Deforestation is a global problem that accounts for an estimated 11% of the world’s emissions. Zambia’s deforestation is one of 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 196,000 hectares of valuable wildlife habitat disappearing annually, mainly driven by unsustainable farming techniques and charcoal production.
BCP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, has been working with farmers in an effort to address food security challenges through the farmer to farmer extension model.
Benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture:
1. Improved soil nutrition
2. Increases the soil organic carbon pool over time
3. Promotes improved yields using far less land.
So successful has the Trust been in bringing life-changing impacts to community beneficiaries that in 2021 BCP Trust expanded our Livelihood schemes to include bee-keeping in partnership with Nature’s Nectar, and we are currently supporting 522 Bee-keepers with 3,000 + hives.
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.