Trees for Global Benefits,

Lead by Pauline Nantongo Kaluna, winner of the UN SEED Global Award, the project provides long term support to African small holder farmers to expand agro forestry and carbon sequestration on their own land.

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Pauline Nantongo Kalunda


C Level, Wasafiri 

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this project contributes to 13 UN sdgs

PROJECT overview 

Trees For Global Benefits (TGB) is a long established award winning cooperative carbon offsetting project in Uganda. It links small scale landholding farmers to the voluntary carbon market.

Ecosystems and carbon sequestration are enhanced as farmers are rewarded for indigenous tree planting and the protection of wildlife corridors. Through agro forestry and long term payments for carbon, rural farming families achieve heightened income stability as well as greater food and fuel security.  This is a well established project, based on an inspirational vision that has already scaled considerably.

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Trees for Global 

s holds the UN SEED Award for being an exceptional social and environmental  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 life and livelihood. The challenge is to make it viable for farmers to restore, not destroy forests. 


Ecosystem connectivity

Wildlife corridors are being lost as tree cover is removed adjacent to protected forest areas. Rejuvenation of natural forest cover and corridors supports soil conservation binding and ecosystem connectivity.


Community food, fuel, and income security

Communities are threatened with food, fuel, and income insecurity as deforestation undermines the resilience of social and ecological systems. Communities need to be supported in pursuing eco-conscious farming. 


Trees For Global Benefits is highly rated by BeZero. The ‘AA’ rating reflects BeZero’s view that additionality is strong and the project uses conservative baselines and is based on the use of small-scale afforestation/reforestation projects.

Project Impact

Hectares of land

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

Tonnes CO2 

In terms of CO2 sequestration, TGB is one of Plan Vivo’s biggest projects to date, having achieved CO2 benefits of over 3 million tonnes since inception in 2003.

Smallholder Families

Thousands of rural African smallholders engaged in sustainable agro forestry practices and rejuvenating indigenous tree cover.

Total payments made

Farmers are rewarded for changing their practices to achieve climate change mitigation.  Over $4 million has been paid to participants, diversifying their income and increasing food, fuel, and income security.

seedlings distributed

Number of seedlings that have been distributed from 1st January to 31st December 2020, in all the TGB project sites, all from pre-qualified nursery operators.

communities supported

Trees for Global Benefits supports multiple communities in Uganda.

C Level projects are all verified under the global Plan Vivo Standard, the world’s original community carbon standard.

What people say

“The project has given us the knowledge and understanding to take care of the environment the way it should be done.  Planting trees has changed my life.  We can now pay the school fees and we are connected with people around the world”

Beatrice Tibamwenda Rubirizi, Uganda 

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