The 2017 ECOTRUST Annual Stakeholders event took place at our new home in Lubowa on Friday 22nd September 2017 under the theme ” Partnerships for Conservation & Climate Action”. As done every year, the stakeholders event brings together various key players in the field of conservation from Government, Civil Society and private sector, presenting a platform to provide updates on organizational progress and showcase the latest technological innovations in conservation. New to exhibitions was an augmented reality sandbox, a holographic projection of a mountain eco-system depicting the critical importance of watershed conservation as well as a model of a TGB garden under improved land management.
One of the biggest milestones for the organization, as presented by the new chairman of the Board of Trustees – Robert Nabanyumya was the attainment of one million tonnes in carbon emissions sequestered through the TGB Programme, making it one of the biggest carbon-offsetting schemes in the world certified under the Plan Vivo Standard. Another milestone, under the Land Trust Programme, was the acquisition of the Ongo Forest land tenure by the Ongo CLA making it the first officially registered Community owned forest in the country. The event gave special appreciation to the ECOTRUST former Board of Trustees Chairman; Mr. Jones Ruhombe whose dedication and drive to steer the organization in her mission and objectives will not be forgotten. The Embassy of Ireland in Uganda was also recognized for their purchase of 215 tCO2e in carbon offsets from the TGB Programme in the previous year.
ECOTRUST sealed a media partnership with NTV Uganda which will soon to be launching the ‘Go Green’ country- wide Campaign striving to create media awareness on the values of conservation. A draft MOU was signed between the Executive Director of ECOTRUST and a representative of the Managing Director – NTV.
Commissioning of New Office
The new ECOTRUST Head Office was officially commissioned by the head of the Uganda Parliamentary Committee on Conservation and Tourism and Member of Parliament Kyegegwa, Honorable Flavia Kabahenda.
Our new address is; Plot 1034, House Number 85, Palm Avenue, is Lubowa housing estate. Kampala-Entebbe Road.
As is tradition at every stakeholders event, dummy cheques were presented to the best performing TGB farmer groups from six different project districts representing the total amount of carbon credits sold over the past year worth a total of UGX 958,730,096.
Thank you to all the guests that were able to attend this event which was proudly sponsored by the Shared Resources Joint solutions Programme.