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Trees for Global Benefit, Uganda

Offset Price: $10.50 per Ton
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Region: Uganda
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Trees for Global Benefit in Uganda brings opportunity for farmers and small-scale land holders to use their land in a sustainable but profitable manner by creating sustainable forestry and protecting the land for reforestation. Farmer income and technical training offered through the project allows the farmers to protect the land and pursue sustainable agriculture options rather than clear it for intensive farming. The project also encourages biodiversity preservation. Serving as a buffer zone around the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and several neighboring forest preserves. It protects an extensive equatorial riverine forest, best noted for the resident chimpanzees and an incredibly diverse population of birds, mammals and butterflies.

Trees for Global Benefit is a cooperative carbon offset program, restoring important and degraded forest habitats. The trees belong to the individual farmer who has a management objective for growing them (for managed timber, medicine, or fruit) and receives subsidies via the carbon certificates. 136 farmers are currently enrolled in the Bushenyi region, and extra activities (e.g. nursery establishment and production of seedlings) provide additional income to rural communities.

Project Updates

  1. Trees for Global Benefit Project Expanding

    The Trees for Global Benefit project has started expanding to new areas of Uganda. This follows the successful implementation of the pilot in Bushenyi. Applications to join the program have been received from several new areas. A scoping exercise has been conducted and technical specifications of the trees that farmers from Hoima and Masindi expressed interest in are being prepared. By the end of 2008 we expect 500 farmers to be enrolled, with several new additional sites in the Albertine Rift area - one of the most important sites for biodiversity in all of Africa.

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  1. posted on 08.12.11

    The Kyambura enviromentalists in Uganda are real nice guys and they are doing a wonderful job in Uganda, they are planting the indigenous tree species of East Africa.There are some folks in Uganda who have resolved in planting exotic type of trees like pine etc in a very big number and am worried about this king of move! Pine burns like fuel and I saw it with my own eyes how coniferous forests were burning in California while I was there.Now, California has every means to stop the fires but it looses its forests ever years.I wonder whether we in Uganda will have the abilities to fight fires if our pines happen to be burnt!.Our indigenous trees are very resistant to fires and they are meant for our situations etc and why are people planting trees which are not really known to them? Now come and support our cause here: www.worldgather.com

  2. posted on 01.22.10

    I am new to this site and I am coming in with open eyes and ears. Tree replanting and management has already started in our area, Philippines, but there are still lots of areas that need to be replanted. What can I do to help?

  3. Ariel Rivers posted on 06.06.09

    Trees are amazing specimens due the number of environmental services they provide, only a few of which were mentioned in the description of this project. Likewise, many residents of rural regions are able to diversify their products based on the specific trees implemented in their properties as well. Payment for environmental services projects are doing wonders for assisting the rural poor, and if extension and education is provided to those living at the fringe of forests, projects such as these can go a long way in benefitting a number of people on a very, very large scale. Ariel Rivers www.arielrivers.com

  4. The Big Guy Tri posted on 12.18.08

    As a fair trade supporter, I love the idea that sustainability can also lead to economic opportunity while addressing climate change, and that the farmers own and make decisions about their individual piece of forest.

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Discuss This

  1. posted on 08.12.11

    The Kyambura enviromentalists in Uganda are real nice guys and they are doing a wonderful job in Uganda, they are planting the indigenous tree species of East Africa.There are some folks in Uganda who have resolved in planting exotic type of trees like pine etc in a very big number and am worried about this king of move! Pine burns like fuel and I saw it with my own eyes how coniferous forests were burning in California while I was there.Now, California has every means to stop the fires but it looses its forests ever years.I wonder whether we in Uganda will have the abilities to fight fires if our pines happen to be burnt!.Our indigenous trees are very resistant to fires and they are meant for our situations etc and why are people planting trees which are not really known to them? Now come and support our cause here: www.worldgather.com

  2. posted on 01.22.10

    I am new to this site and I am coming in with open eyes and ears. Tree replanting and management has already started in our area, Philippines, but there are still lots of areas that need to be replanted. What can I do to help?

  3. Ariel Rivers posted on 06.06.09

    Trees are amazing specimens due the number of environmental services they provide, only a few of which were mentioned in the description of this project. Likewise, many residents of rural regions are able to diversify their products based on the specific trees implemented in their properties as well. Payment for environmental services projects are doing wonders for assisting the rural poor, and if extension and education is provided to those living at the fringe of forests, projects such as these can go a long way in benefitting a number of people on a very, very large scale. Ariel Rivers www.arielrivers.com

  4. The Big Guy Tri posted on 12.18.08

    As a fair trade supporter, I love the idea that sustainability can also lead to economic opportunity while addressing climate change, and that the farmers own and make decisions about their individual piece of forest.

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