The very first work of ECOTRUST was through a cooperative agreement between ECOTRUST and USAID for the ‘Establishment of an efficient funding program for Biodiveristy and Environment Conservation’ between 2001 and June 2005. This was worth US$ 4.05 million in grant support to for the improved management of Protected Areas in South-Western Uganda (including Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park), improved wetland management, sustainable private land management, ecotourism development, sustainable utilization of fuel wood, ecotourism development, problem animal control and scientific research through support to post graduate students. Additional support has been mobilized by ECOTRUST from the US Government through US Forestry Services for enhancing financial sustainability in the Protected Areas through the development of tourism infrastructure and establishment of the cashless revenue system.