Conservation in one of the last natural paradises on Earth

First Climate and project developer BioCarbon Partners have entered into an exclusive partnership. Together, both partners are involved in the conservation of unique forest landscapes along the Luangwa and Zambezi rivers in Zambia

BCP is a prime developer of high-quality REDD+ projects in Africa. As part of the collaboration, First Climate will exclusively market and trade the carbon offsets from BCP’s projects. By bundling their specific skills together, both partners join forces in committing to conservation in Zambia. The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project, along with the Luangwa Community Forests Project, developed through the United States Agency for International Development funded Community Forests Program, Zambia, will create a continuous green corridor in the area. The two large-scale REDD+ projects close previously existing gaps and thus enable the establishment of a world-class trans-border conservation area, which stretches from the Nyika National Park in Malawi, to the Mana Pools National Park around the borders of Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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Luangwa Community Forests Project

The Luangwa River is a pivotal lifeline for some of the richest forest areas in the entirety of Africa. The wide valley is predominantly flat; only on its edges is the valley partly bounded by steep-sloping ridges. Not only does this particular topography present breathtaking beauty in the landscape, it also inhibits the migration of animals in the valley and thus keeps population density in the area high. The Luangwa Valley is home to elephants, leopards, lions and wild dogs. Many species such as the Cookson-Gnu or the Thornicroft-Giraffe are endemic species and can only be found in the Luangwa area.

Through the Luangwa Community Forests Project, BioCarbon Partners and First Climate contribute to conserving this unique ecosystem and protecting it from deforestation. The method to this is fighting poverty, which forces many people to cut down trees for firewood or to clear forest areas for agricultural uses. In close collaboration with locals in the area, BioCarbon Partners develops projects to generate alternative incomes, such as the production and sale of sustainably sourced honey and through this, incentivizes voluntary commitment to forest conservation for locals. Around 69,000 people in the project region will benefit from these activities.

The Luangwa Community Forests Project protects a forest area of around 766,000 hectares, which directly borders the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia’s eastern province. In a second development phase, the conservation area will be expanded to over 3 million hectares, making the project one of the largest REDD+ projects in the world. The annual emission reductions of CO2 equivalent equal to around 700,000 tons


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  • The project will be among the largest REDD+ Projects in the world with the second phase reaching around 3 million hectares

  • Enables large amounts of carbon offsets to be purchased from a single source

  • The inclusion of community-based conservation creates good story-telling opportunities for your communication

Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project

As the first REDD+ Project in Zambia, the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project was a pioneer for the development of sustainable conservation projects in the region. The conservation area covers around 39,000 hectares of threatened Miombo woodland in Lusaka Province and acts as an important buffer zone to the Lower Zambezi National Park and the adjacent Mana Pools National Park. As a trans-frontier conservation zone, the area is of significant importance for the protection of biodiversity in southern Africa. Lions, leopards, hippos and various rare species of antelope are among the many species found in the area, including an elephant population of around 23,000 animals.

The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project aims to enforce sustainable land practices in the region and to stop the continuous deforestation. The project activities are based around close cooperation with locals within the project area, who play and active part in all initiatives with involve the strengthening of a sustainable economy. Among other initiatives that have been implemented so far, around 600 small-scale farmers have been given special training courses in sustainable farming methods. Another activity in the project included the distribution of 6,000 beehives, which enable the environmentally-friendly production of wild honey.

The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project is currently the only conservation project in Africa to be awarded triple gold certification from the widely-recognized Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.


  • It is the first project in Africa to be awarded triple gold certification from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard

  • Annual savings of around 150,000t CO2 e

  • The protected project area is a world-heritage site and an important habitat for endangered species.

Map of the REDD+ Projects

Contact information:

Dr. Jochen Gassner
phone: +49 6101 55 658-55