Trees for Global Benefits
"A cooperative carbon offsetting scheme"
The aim of the UN SEED 2013 Global Award Winning ‘Trees for Global Benefit (TGB) is to produce long-term, verifiable voluntary emission reductions by combining carbon sequestration with rural livelihood improvements through small-scale, farmer led, forestry/agroforestry projects while reducing pressure on natural resources in national parks and forest reserves.
Delivering Conservation Benefits
Rwenzori Mountains is the largest and most significant highland water catchment area in the East African region and constitutes a major source of water to the Nile, the longest river in the world. The park is both a World Heritage and RAMSAR (wetland of international importance) site.
Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation:
By rendering investment in sustainable landuse practices (e.g. tree growing) more attractive, TGB enables farmers diversify production strategies thus reducing their vulnerability to seasonal variations. TGB’s enhancement of the natural forest cover also supports soil binding and -boosts soil stabilisation and moisture retention. This results in reduced drought, flood and landslide risks which threaten local agricultural livelihoods.
Maintaining Connectivity Between Protected areas
Protecting wildlife corridors, providing connectivity between protected areas by increasing tree cover in areas adjacent to protected areas.
Conserving Native Tree Species.
Participants plant indigenous trees and agro-forestry species which have multiple environmental benefits. Focus is put on the domestication of threatened native tree species contributing to their conservation.
Reducing Pressure on Protected Areas
The project relieves pressure on natural resources in national parks and forest reserves through provision of alternative sources of materials such as fuelwood, building poles, timber etc