ECOTRUST in May, elected four new incoming members to her Board of Trustees, replacing outgoing members whose terms had come to an end. It's with great pleasure that we welcome the new board members and anticipate that their skills and long years of experience will be a valuable asset to the organization.
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ECOTRUST formed a partnership with the Ankole Diocese on the 23rd of March, 2017. Through this partnership, communities within Kiruhura district will receive training in sustainable land management, tree growing and renewable energy. ECOTRUST will also set up a demonstration plot for tree growing at the Diocese comprising of indigenous tree species such as Mahogany, Prunus Africana, Grevillia etc..
ECOTRUST this year achieved CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) and Gold Standard accreditation under the Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa (ICSEA) Programme of Activities (PoA) which recently added a new methodology to allow the organization to earn more carbon credits for its beneficiaries by shifting from a dependence on non-renewable biomass fuel to the use of renewable biomass as their primary source of fuel
International Day of Forests 2017 in Pictures
The Trees for Global Benefits Programme has been issued with VER certification representing 133,364tCO2 equivalent in emission reduction. This has resulted from recruiting a total of 832 farmers bringing 646.31 ha of farmland under improved management using the Mixed Native Spp technical specification. This issuance has enabled the project attain a significant milestone, recruiting farmers that will contribute emission reductions equivalent to one million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The Budongo landscape is comprised of forests both on public and private land. With no clear boundaries and no defined ownership, these forests have come under threat by the ever-expanding population in the landscape. Forest degradation can be attributed to economic activities within the landscape such as; sugarcane growing, tobacco growing, oil and gas extraction, to mention a few. Wetlands in this region have also come under threat, with reports of wetlands being used as dumping grounds for industrial waste as well as distillation / production of alcohol.
The Shared Resources, Joint Solutions Programme, which was officially launched on the 27th of February 2017, is a five year programme funded by the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs and IUCN Netherlands. The Programme will work to reduce the impact of international drivers/threats of ecosystem change and degradation such as the emerging Oil and Gas sector, sugarcane & tobacco growing and other extractives within two major landscapes i.e. Murchison Landscape in Western Uganda and the Queen Elizabeth Landscape in south western Uganda. Its main approach will be through lobby & advocacy and building the capacity of program stakeholders.
ECOTRUST has embarked on a community visioning exercise targeting all communities within ECOTRUST landscapes. This visioning exercise will enable communities develop concrete strategies on how to archive what they want as a community. It will involve adoption of sustainable land use practices as well as green and inclusive plans.
The USAID/Uganda HIV/AIDS and health Initiatives in the Workplaces Activity (HIWA) is a 5 year programme funded by USAID. The program is a national program implemented in 33 districts by World Vision Inc in partnership with RTI International (RTI), Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG), The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) and The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) with the overall goal to improve the health of;
Employment Opportunity at ECOTRUST for the position of Programme Manager.