Founded in 2012, BCP is a mission-driven forest conservation company, who, along with their partners are jointly trying to address deforestation in wildlife-rich areas of Zambia.
BCP’s mission is to make forest conservation valuable to people. Over the past 5 years they have emerged as one of the leading REDD+ developers in Africa. Few companies globally have VCS verified a REDD+ project 4 times: BCP is one such company.
BCP’s mission is a deeply personal one for their founder, Dr. Hassan Sachedina. Born and raised in Kenya, Hassan’s mother introduced him to rural Africa and ingrained in him a deep love for African people and wildlife.
BCP was born out of an intense passion for African conservation and supporting it through a market driven approach.
With world class national parks, and vast but rapidly disappearing forests, Zambia was chosen as the country to lay the foundation of BCP in early 2012. They didn't have a glamorous start. Their initial core team worked out of a living room before moving their office into a tiny garden shed behind a donor's office. Yet, they brought grit and a strong commitment to showing that these forests were more valuable standing than cut down.
The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project was their initial pilot project. Since its inception, they have gone on to achieve unique milestones for both Zambia and Africa by becoming the first Verified Carbon Standard verified project in the country, and the first in Africa to earn gold level validation against all 3 categories for the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard for their exceptional community level and environmental impacts. They are most proud of their community impacts, that wildlife numbers are increasing in the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project, and of their hard-working and committed team.
BCP now employs over 100 people working across 11 Chiefdoms in two Provinces in Zambia working on the front-lines to help conserve close to 800,000 hectares of threatened forest, and the wildlife which inhabits these forests.
In 2015, they achieved another unique milestone when the Lower Zambezi National Park became the first park in the world to go carbon neutral from operations. In 2017, they became the world’s third highest ranked B Corp — out of 2,100 companies globally—for their social and environmental impacts.
The past five years have been hard work. Yet with the support of their partners, they are making forest conservation valuable to people.
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