To combat climate change, we need to protect our forests. To protect our forests, we need to invest in people.

At BCP, we understand that to protect Zambia’s forests and iconic wildlife, we must form strong community partnerships. We do this by prioritizing community engagement and creating incentives to conserve forest through long term performance based habitat protection agreements.

 

 

A market based approach to combat  climate change

Trees store carbon. When they are cut down, they release harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere which contribute to climate change. We measure the trees being protected and calculate the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that would have been released if these trees were cut down without our project. These avoided emissions are confirmed by independent, external audits against international standards. This allows us to generate and sell verified Forest Carbon Offsets that are equivalent to the number of tons of carbon dioxide emissions our projects have avoided. Revenue from the sales of these verified Offsets fund conservation and development projects and provide an alternative source of income for local communities that depend on the forest.

REDD+ (Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation) is a mechanism designed to reduce global emissions caused from deforestation by creating financial value from the protection of carbon stored in forests.

The `+` stands for the benefits this approach brings to  local communities and ecosystems. Both our Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project and Luangwa Community Forests Project follow the REDD+ methodology.  

REDD+ projects are performance-based. They are audited and ‘verified’ on a regular basis to ensure that forest protection is taking place. BCP’s REDD+ projects are verified against the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.

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LOWER ZAMBEZI REDD+ PROJECT

Community protection of threatened forests

Income from enterprises, increased market access and job creation

Improved livelihoods from social services, honey production, job creation and conservation farming

Habitat protection for lion, sable, ground hornbill and roan

Supporting conservation in the Lower Zambezi Ecosystem

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LUANGWA COMMUNITY FORESTS PROJECT

Community protection of threatened forests

Income from enterprises, increased market access and job creation

Improved livelihoods from social services, honey production, job creation and conservation farming

Habitat protection for elephants, wild dogs, leopards, thornicroft giraffe and lions

Supporting conservation of the Luangwa Valley ecosystem

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How We Make a Difference

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Step 1

Trees store carbon. When a tree is cut down that carbon is released as carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

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Step 2

We work hand in hand with communities to help them protect their forests using the BCP model.

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Step 3

Forest carbon and potential carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation are measured through rigorous scientific processes and verified to the highest standards by independent international auditors.

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Step 4

We market and sell verified emissions reductions as `Forest Carbon Offsets` to companies and individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Step 5

Revenue from the sale of offsets is invested back into communities, creating a more prosperous future through sustainable livelihoods and enterprises, and improved access to social services such as education, healthcare and clean water.

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Step 6

Communities have an incentive to protect their forests and wildlife.

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VERIFIED CARBON STANDARD

The Verified Carbon Standard is the world’s most highly regarded and recognised independent authority on verified carbon projects, such as REDD+. They ensure our forest carbon offsets represent emission reductions or removals that are tangible, measurable and independently verified.

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THE CLIMATE, COMMUNITY AND BIODIVERSITY STANDARD

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard is an independent, internationally recognised standards authority designed to bring credibility to land use and climate change projects. Validations from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard ensure that projects deliver benefits in reducing global climate change, improve the wellbeing of local communities and enhance biodiversity.

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