The Bioresources Development and Conservation
Programme (BDCP) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental
organization dedicatedto ensuring the well-being of tropical
ecosystems and their human inhabitants through practical,
innovative mechanisms of sustainable development.
- To encourage the understanding of
and encourage the appreciation of tropical ecosystems
of forests, coastal marines, woodlands, savannahs and
drylands as sources of biological resources which could
be used as instrument of sustainable development.
- To link the well-being of tropical
ecosystems with the health of human inhabitants by providing
affordable health care for people living in tropical
countries through the development of plant based medicines
for the treatment of tropical diseases.
- To assist indigenous communities,
private institutions and individuals in tropical countries
to enter into biodiversity prospecting business (local,
national, and international) that guarantees them good
returns for their labour while at the same time protecting
- To seek international support for
critically under-funded community based BIODIVERSITY
- Todevelop resource management programs
in the various tropical ecosystems based on respect
for indigenous or traditional ecological knowledge
- To develop and establish partnership
arrangements with Northern based institutions and agencies
in which indigenous communities are recognized as the
primary stakeholder and that human needs should be the
paramount consideration in any conservation and development
- To develop the technical capacity
and the scientific capability in tropical countries
that will enable them to study their own environmental
problems and to participate in the development of their
biological resources, and the conservation of the resource
- To study the factors that influence
conservation of biological diversity of tropical forest
and to encourage exchange of ideas, data and experience
among experts working on the subject.
- To participate in developing a consensus
with governments, community groups, other NGOs, private
sector interest groups, and international funding agencies
on those aspects of national environmental policy that
concerns biodiversity development and conservation.
- To promote the studies and research
in the area of biological diversity development and
The continent of Africa is endowed with
enormous biological resources; from the mangrove swamps
of the Niger Delta, the marshes of Northern Zululand and
the coral reefs of the Red Sea to the dense rainforests
of Zaire, Cameroon and Congo with their high degrees of
endemism; from the huge savanna belt to the unique flora
of Cape Town and the Ruwenzoris, better known as the Mountains
of the Moon; from the desolate Sahara, Namib and Kalahari
deserts to the Nile and Congo river systems.
These areas have been well maintained
by their human inhabitants for many thousands of years.
However, increasing global industrialization in the last
century has disrupted the balance between human consumption
and natural regeneration to the point where resources
are becoming seriously depleted. The path that BDCP has
chosen towards re-establishing the balance is to ensure
that resource development is done in a conscious, conservation-oriented
way. In this regard, we have undertaken several in-depth
studies of African ecosystems which assess their biological
diversity and ecological dynamics, their value to humans
and their sustainability.
As Africa's genetic resources are in
danger of disappearing, so are the knowledge and cultural
traditions of its peoples. We are taking steps to improve
this situation by undertaking development projects based
on traditional knowledge which benefit local communities.
Our present focus is on developing natural products for
the African phytomedicine (herbal medicine), personal
care, crop protection and pharmaceutical industries. In
all projects, materials are sustainably harvested and
profits are returned to the people (such as traditional
healers) or communities from which they are collected.