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At BCP we understand that in order to address deforestation, we have to look deeper and tackle the root causes linked to the economic and social reasons behind deforestation through a credible form of conservation finance.
Under the REDD+ initiative model, across both the LZRP and LCFP a total of 225,000 people are benefiting, and the livelihoods of over 37,000 households are being strengthened through direct payments to communities from revenue from forest carbon fees, employment, and livelihood support.
Forest Carbon Fees are performance-based payments given to communities that have identified and are committed to protecting areas of forest. Through our partnership with the Forestry Department and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, these payments benefit the whole community. Projects are chosen through an open, transparent, and participatory process and have included boreholes and even a hammermill.
Total Community Investment since Inception
Invested in Livelihood Projects since inception
Opportunities for formal employment are rare in the rural areas where we work. This is why we provide direct opportunities for employment for people to protect their environment. We hire and train people locally for our Community Engagement Conservation, Forest Monitoring, and Community Scout Team, as well as operational support positions.
People hired from the local community and employed by BCP
Income-generating opportunities created as a result of REDD+ projects and initiatives at a Chiefdom level.
Female Headed households directly benefiting under REDD+ initiative
Delivering life-changing impacts through WASH, Education, Healthcare Facilities projects
Using the funds from forest carbon fees, local Community Forest Management Groups (CFMGs) allocate funding and invest in projects that their communities need the most. This revenue stream brings life-changing investments to communities to increase access to healthcare, sanitation, education, and infrastructure projects. This includes everything from boreholes to clinics and even a boat.
“Before we partnered with BCP under the LCFP, our community was left wanting in terms of development. But now we have used the revenue from the forest carbon fees to invest in infrastructure projects in the community, such as Sandwe Primary School, it was extremely dilapidated, but we used the forest carbon fees to renovate it, which has increased enrolment, especially among female students. We have sunk a number of boreholes, which has made access to clean water readily available. While we have also invested in the rehabilitation of health centers. Seeing these life-changing impacts has changed the mindset of the community members, previously there were many farmers scattered in the forests, but after conducting sensitization meetings and for these farmers to see the impacts, there are fewer turns to such harmful methods of farming as they see value in conserving the forests”.
His Royal Highness, Chief Sandwe.
WASH Projects Created and Boreholes Sunk.
Education related projects built since inception
Clinics or healthcare facilities built
Livelihood and social projects
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 300,000 hectares of valuable wildlife habitat disappearing annually, mainly driven by unsustainable farming techniques and charcoal production. Globally, it is estimated that 23% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use.
As a country as reliant on subsistence and commercial farming as Zambia is, we believe that together with Government and our community partners, our REDD+ initiative Model, combined with livelihood schemes, such as Climate-Smart Agriculture methods, can really make a difference!
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. In an effort to respond to the country’s vulnerability to climate change challenges, which directly affects food security in the country, BCP has invested in Climate-Smart Agriculture technologies. With agriculture expansion as such a major threat to the forests, Climate-Smart Agriculture helps to provide food security and a sustainable future for some of Zambia’s most nutrition insecure families.
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.
Lead Farmers trained in Climate-Smart Agriculture
Follower Farmers trained across both of our Projects.
Female Lead Farmers
Hectares of farm land under sustainable agriculture farming techniques
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.
of Honey produced in 2021
The demand for charcoal is a major cause of deforestation in Zambia. BCP Trust created Eco-Charcoal in response to this clear need to create a legal, sustainable alternative product for the market. Probably the best Eco-Charcoal in the world: Eco-Charcoal is Zambia’s premium lumpwood charcoal which is sustainably produced to protect Zambian forests. It is 100% pure and natural and burns 20% longer than regular charcoal. It is produced using a modern method that reduces harmful smoke and emissions during use, which reduces the risk of harmful inhalation by its users. Eco-Charcoal currently partners with 11 trained community producers we call “Charpreneurs” in a bid to provide fair and safe employment for rural Zambians.
Under Eco-Charcoal Production in LZRP
Trained in sustainable charcoal production
Of Eco-Charcoal purchased from Charpreneurs in 2021