Payment for Environmental Services
"Improving Livelihoods and Restoring Ecosystems"
ECOTRUST Endowment Fund
Providing a financial foundation for ECOTRUST, giving it added stability, a greater degree of independence and enhanced abilty to archieve its mission. ECOTRUST is Uganda’s only indigenous Not for Profit, specializing in conservation financing
The Carbon Community Fund
ECOTRUST has worked together with TGB farmers to create a Carbon Community Fund from each sale of carbon credit. The fund acts as a self-managed risk fund for the project but also supports development initiatives that generate benefits for the wider community in which the carbon farmers live. The fund is intended to address environmental needs as well as livelihood needs. The fund currently has a capital base of about US$100,000 and has capacity to mobilise about US$50,000 annually
The PES Facility
Borrowing from lessons learned from the carbon bank, the UNDP Uganda office has provided funding for the creation and capitalization of a PES (Payment for Environmental Services) facility that will fuel Ecosystem – Based Adaptation. The facility will support smallholders who are actively engaged in managing and protecting ecosystems, while at the same time investing in opportunities that improve their own adaptation to climate change.
The Carbon Bank
With funding from UNDP Regional Office, ECOTRUST has established a carbon bank modelled as a revolving fund to reduce unsustainable exploitation of forest resources and the decline of ecosystem quality, while diversifying and increasing incomes for rural farm families. The Bank provides funds to farmers who generate carbon credits, which are sold on the voluntary market to generate sustainable income, recapitalize itself and expand farmer participation in the program.