Using innovative community incentives, carbon science and digital monitoring techniques, BCP and communities are at the forefront of protecting Zambia’s biodiversity and forests.
In partnership with communities and government, we work to improve biodiversity conservation and protect land that is habitat for threatened species living in the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa Valley ecosystems. Through effective land management we are helping create important “corridors” for wildlife.
These rural communities are key — which is why we build teams from within local communities to be involved in the protection and monitoring of their own forests. Monitoring the forest and biodiversity ensures our projects are verified against international standards and allow us to generate Forest Carbon Offsets.
Our conservation outcomes are made possible by generous support from USAID, the Lion Recovery Fund, the Elephant Crisis Fund and the Mills Foundation. Since 2015 we have also partnered with tourism operators to make Lower Zambezi National Park and Luambe National Park the first carbon-neutral parks in the world.
Forest Monitoring Team
Our four-person Forest Monitoring Team is a select group from the local community who have been trained to collect data on biomass, illegal logging, wildlife and soils and helped to achieve 4 Verified Carbon Standard verifications for the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project. Working with the Community Scouts and the Carbon Accounting team they use GPS technology and satellite imagery to identify areas affected by deforestation and encroachment. They also use a smartphone application to collect forest carbon data and to record and track wildlife sightings of key species such as lions, ground hornbills and wild dogs.
IMPACT: 7,000,000 trees estimated to be monitored in a subset of the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project
We undertake biomass and soil assessments to quantify carbon stored in trees, as well as Geospatial analysis using satellite imagery to calculate deforestation rates.
IMPACT: 143,862 tons of carbon units issued from the 4th Verified Carbon Standard verification
In 2016, we partnered with Conservation Lower Zambezi and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife under the USAID-funded Community Forests Program to create a Dog Detection and Tracking Unit. Two German shepherds and their four human handlers, underwent three months of intensive training, graduating onto active duty in August 2016. Since than the Dog Unit has led to a decrease in poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in the Lower Zambezi ecosystem.
IMPACT: 6 scents (firearms, ammunition, pangolin scales, ivory, rhino horn and bush meat) can be detected by the dogs which has lead to the apprehension of 23 suspects since 2016
Our Community Scouts are locally hired and trained by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to patrol protected forest boundaries. These scouts work to stop poaching, illegal encroachment and deforestation.
IMPACT: 21 scouts patrolling Rufunsa Conservancy and achieving an average of 3,600 patrol man days per year
Our projects protect areas of vital forests that are threatened. We work to create land management systems that support infrastructure, security and biodiversity monitoring. Land management activities are taking place in the Rufunsa Conservancy under the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project.
IMPACT: 25,000,000 trees are estimated to be protected from deforestation in Rufunsa Conservancy