Tom Whitley (left), Tina Smole (centre) and Tom Voltin (right) at the Uganda Equator

ECOTRUST hosted Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP) to a week-long filming visit of the Trees for Global Benefits (TGB) Programme from the  8th – 14th of March, 2018. COTAP has been a long-term organizational partner,  purchasing carbon credits  generated from the Trees for Global Benefits (TGB) Programme and linking buyers not only from the United States but the world over to  producers of these credits. COTAP’s mission is to empower individuals and  organizations in developed countries to address both climate change and global poverty.

Represented by Tim Whitley (CEO) and accompanied by Tom Valtin (managing editor at the Sierra Club) the team visited some of the project sites in the Albertine rift region (Kasese and Rubirizi) and for the first time, had face to face interactions with TGB farmer beneficiaries and  ECOTRUST staff. Tina Smole, freelance videographer and journalist was behind the camera for the trip. The farmers visited were more than happy to share their success stories with the team. Time was spared for some sight-seeing with a game drive through the Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.

Footage captured from this tour will go a long way in gathering more support for this programme that has not only supported thousands of rural poor small holder farmers in the country but also set a new standard in the greening and conservation of Uganda’s landscapes.