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Trees For Global Benefits. Uganda.

Trees For Global Benefits. Uganda.

Trees For Global Benefits. Uganda.

A cooperative multi-benefit community scheme. Combining carbon sequestration with rural livelihood enrichment, it initiates community led agroforestry and ecosystem services to enhance sustainable land-use practices. Tree’s For Global Benefits reduces destructive exploitation of natural resources, enhances ecosystem diversity, and protects vulnerable communities.

6512.19
hectares
area of land

1,327,886
tonnes CO2 sequestered or avoided

6996
Smallholders
engaged

2003
operational

PROJECT BRIEF

Tree’s For Global Benefits (TGB), the UN SEED 2013 Global Award Winner, is a carbon sequestration and community livelihood programme in Uganda, linking small scale landholding farmers to the voluntary carbon market.

It delivers long term, verifiable socio-economic and environmental benefits by recognising and supporting small scale community farmers who undertake sustainable, ecosystem focused, forestry and agroforestry projects.

Ecosystems and carbon sequestration are enhanced as farmers are rewarded for pursuing practices such as indigenous tree planting and protection of wildlife corridors. Through diversification of crop, and access to the carbon market, rural farmers and their families experience heightened income stability, food and fuel security.

Trees for Global Benefit won the 2013 UN SEED Award for being an exceptional social and environmental low carbon enterprise. The award recognizes TGB’s achievements in innovation and entrepreneurship so far, its promising efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Uganda, and not least the potential of its partnership to inspire others.

The Challenge

  • Land use by farmers
    As extreme weather events and heightened seasonal variations become more commonplace, the challenge is to reduce vulnerability from drought, flood and landslide risks that threaten community livelihood. Farming must diversify production strategies and refrain from pursuing deforestation.
  • Ecosystem connectivity
    Wildlife corridors are dwindling as tree cover is routinely removed adjacent to protected areas. Rejuvenation of natural forest cover supports soil binding, enhancing ecosystem resilience, and enabling heightened ecosystem connectivity.
  • Community food, fuel, and income security
    Communities are threatened with food, fuel, and income security as unsustainable deforestation practices result in vulnerable social and ecological systems. Communities need to be supported in pursuing eco-conscious farming. By linking farmers to the global carbon market, it can diversify their livelihoods and reward them for pursuing sustainable practices.

Project impact

6512.19Hectares of land

The project is operating across 5 districts in Uganda: Hoima, Kasese, Masindi, Rubirizi, Mt.Elgon.

1,327,886CO2e sequestered or avoided

CO2 sequestration is enhanced through uptake by trees and enhanced capabilities of vegetation and soils.

6996Smallholders engaged

Rural smallholders are engaging with, and pursuing, sustainable practices to rejuvenate indigenous tree cover; enhancing local ecosystems and restoring carbon balance.

$2,737112Total payments made to participants

Farmers are rewarded for climate change mitigation, diversifying their income and increasing food, fuel, and income security.

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