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Africa deserves to be seen, heard, and empowered in 2023!
Voting for the Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings 2023 is now open!
We offer High Integrity and High-Value Carbon Offsets that are making a real difference on the ground where it matters the most. We want to show the World once again what Zambia is doing for climate mitigation and adaptation using REDD+ as a robust, valuable, and sustainable form of climate finance in 2023. Together, with our community partners, the Forestry Department, The Ministry of Green Economy and Environment, The DNPW, and the Ministry of Agriculture, we are helping to build resilience within the communities that partner with BCP against climate change at a time when we need to take action.
We are asking for just 5 minutes of your time (that’s right – we timed it) to vote for us in the Annual Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings. After all of the support we received last year, this year we hope to feature in as many categories as we can.
Awards we are aiming for in 2023:
BCP- BioCarbon Partners for:
• Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land-Use
• Best Project Developer, Biodiversity
• Best Project Developer – Overall
• Best Monitoring Report.
LCFP – Luangwa Community Forests Project for:
• Best Individual Offsetting Project.
A step-by-step guide to voting for BCP:
1. Go to – https://www.environmental-finance.com/content/awards/voluntary-carbon-market-rankings-2023.html
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it reads Submit your Vote. Click on that link;
3. You will be taken to a page where you need to register your contact information, after this click next;
4. Following this you will be taken to a page with a list of award categories:
Please vote BCP- BioCarbon Partners by inputting our name in the boxes/options section next to the categories for:
• Best Project Developer – Forestry and Land Use
• Best Project Developer, Biodiversity
• Best Project Developer Overall
• Best Monitoring/Impact Report.
5. Click Next and it will take you to the next page that asks for a nominee, plus an explanation:
Under Best Individual Offsetting Project vote for:
Luangwa Community Forests Project (BCP – BioCarbon Partners).
Under explanation, here are some points to consider, and please feel free to use:
• Voted the Best Individual Offsetting Project in 2021, the LCFP is the largest REDD+ Project in Africa, and arguably, the largest in the World in terms of quantified social impacts. Having welcomed 5 new Chiefdoms to the Project in 2022, LCFP now protects over 1.2 million hectares of dryland forests. The project has been successfully verified four times through the Verified Carbon Standard and has achieved CCB Triple Gold Validation for exceptional community impact. An independent report of the LCFP found that since the project started in 2017 there has been a 220% Kwacha increase in household income, not to mention it protects one of the largest biodiversity corridors spanning over 1 million hectares. The project benefits over 222,000 people in Zambia’s Eastern to Lusaka provinces through income generation and social services development. The LCFP works to address key drivers of deforestation while also benefitting local communities by reducing poverty, creating sustainable incomes, improving social services, and encouraging conservation.
• In 2022 the LCFP was chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of the 6 NCS Lighthouse Alliances due to its powerful community, climate, and conservation impacts. The LCFP is bringing life-changing impacts and benefits to over 222,000 people across 1.2 million hectares in some of the most impoverished regions of the World under the UN’s REDD+ benefit-sharing model. Some examples of the Projects impacts to date are:
o The LCFP has implemented 235 Community impact projects and 142 Livelihood Projects since its inception.
o $10.1 Million Carbon Fees Disbursed since Inception, and $1,971,764 Disbursed for Livelihood Projects since Inception
o The LCFP supports 78 BCP Community Scouts (21 of whom are women).
o The LCFP supports 487 Lead Farmers in climate-smart agriculture training, technologies, and inputs.
o 2,000 Indirect jobs created through community investment projects since inception.
o 220% Kwacha increase in annual household income since inception.
o The LCFP has helped to implement 136 WASH projects; 37 education-related projects; and 15 Health projects.
o In terms of livelihood initiatives, the LCFP supports 1084 beekeepers (377 of whom are women) in sustainable honey production; 130 Horticulture farmers; 34 village banking groups; and 8 poultry-rearing and 24 goat-rearing groups.