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Community Impacts

REDD+ is transforming the development landscape as a sustainable form of conservation finance

We tackle the root causes linked to the economic and social reasons behind deforestation

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+ 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.

Income from Forest Protection

Forest Carbon Fees rare 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


Income Generating Opportunities

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.

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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+


Community Development Projects

Delivering life-changing impacts through WASH, Education, Healthcare Facilities projects

Using the funds from forest carbon fees, local Community Resource Boards (CRBs) 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.

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WASH Projects Created and Boreholes Sunk.


Education related projects built since inception


Clinics or healthcare facilities built


Livelihood and social projects


Climate-Smart Agriculture

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.

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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.




Female Beekeepers

7000+ Kgs

of Honey produced in 2021

3000 +

Hives distributed



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.

190.72 Hectares

Under Eco-Charcoal Production in LZRP

11 Chapreneurs

Trained in sustainable charcoal production

48.64 Tons

Of Eco-Charcoal purchased from Charpreneurs in 2021

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