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Building Climate Resilient Communities & Sustainable Landscapes

The Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) is a not-for-profit conservation organization established in Uganda in 1999 to conserve biological diversity and enhance social welfare by promoting innovative and sustainable environmental management.
We deliver conservation finance “where it matters most” – to thousands of smallholders undertaking restoration as a business in rural communities. We deploy conservation incentives in ways that enable ECOTRUST to consider investments that others can’t.

Our Thematic Nexus

ECOTRUST has designed interventions that address the nexus between biodiversity, climate change and sustainable livelihoods in an integrated manner as opposed to a single thematic focus. These thematic areas are interlinked through conservation finance and environmental outcomes. 

We work with poor rural communities in vulnerable landscapes where poverty and climate change hurt the most. We undertake biodiversity conservation to enhance their adaptive capacity and mitigation potential to ensure improved environmental management and sustainable livelihoods where it matters the most. We provide performance-based payments to smallholders undertaking conservation initiatives as an incentive for them to invest in reducing the decline of nature and ensuring regenerative landscapes that steward biodiversity and ecosystems.

Our mission is to “conserve biological diversity and enhance social welfare by promoting innovative and sustainable environmental management”. We deliver conservation finance “where it matters most” – to thousands of smallholders undertaking restoration as a business in rural communities. We deliver conservation finance through innovative community structures and solutions that attract additional capital from private sector to invest in the green opportunities represented by landscape restoration as a business. We make innovative restoration investments that promote climate resilient solutions on a commercial basis and crowd-in private sector finance by playing an intermediary role and undertaking leadership in marketing environmental services.

Our Overall Goal over the next period will be: “Enhanced livelihoods, adaptive capacity and mitigation potential of 16.5 million people in partner communities and landscapes in 33 Districts of Uganda by supporting smallholder-led reforestation, restoration and improved management of at least 60,000ha of degraded land, over the next 5 years”.

Strategic objectives

Our 5 Year Strategic
Direction

Our overall goal over the next period will be: “Enhanced livelihoods, adaptive capacity and mitigation potential of 16.5 million people in partner communities and landscapes in 33 Districts of Uganda by supporting smallholder-led reforestation, restoration and improved management of at least 60,000ha of degraded land, over the next 5 years”.  This goal will be achieved through the following strategic objectives:

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1

Market-Based Incentives to Promote Smallholder-Led Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) As a Business (RAAB) Delivered

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2

Investment Partnerships with Private Forest Owners, Government, Communities and Other Stakeholders to Ensure Protection of Functional Habitat Connectivity and Contribution to Sustainable Livelihoods

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3

Co-Financing Arrangements to Protect the Ecological Integrity and Functionality of Natural Capital in Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMS) to Generate Goods and Services that Benefit Local Communities and Biodiversity

Our Programmes

ECOTRUST operates across Uganda with a focus on three main landscapes: Queen Elizabeth National Park landscape and Murchison-Semliki landscape in the Albertine region of South-Western Uganda, and the Mount Elgon Landscape in Eastern Uganda. These are not only landscapes of global biodiversity significance, but they are also hot spots for climate change induced disasters – especially floods, mud slides and changing weather patterns that result in frequent and unexpected droughts and changes in rainy seasons. 

FEATURED PROJECT

Trees for Global Benefits

Eradicating Poverty One Ton of CO2 at a Time!

Trees for Global Benefits (TGB) has for eighteen years been at the forefront of mobilizing Foreign Direct Investment in smallholder-led agroforestry and forest management. The scheme, pioneered in 2003 by ECOTRUST, has grown into one of the biggest smallholders agro-forestry carbon projects in Africa under the Plan Vivo standard of certification. TGB is currently contributing to the restoration of over 12,000 hectares with indigenous tree species in some of the most ecologically vital landscapes of Uganda

Our Networks

ECOTRUST has established strong customer relations and contracts with a broad range of international private sector buyers in the voluntary carbon market for the last 17 years. ECOTRUST is a member of UNFCC CSO Network and is currently leading the policy unit of the Africa CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) under the umbrella of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in engagement with the Post-2020 CBD framework. ECOTRUST is currently Chair of Northern Albertine Conservation Group (NARC-G) Platform – a consortium of conservation NGOs operating in the Albertine Rift region of Uganda.ECOUTRUST is a member of the Kiiha Catchment Partnership bringing together Government of Uganda (Ministry of Water and Environment); District Local Governments of Masindi, Hoima, Kikuube, Buliisa, Kyenjonjo; and CSOs in the catchment. ECOTRUST is a member of the national Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) CSO Coalition. ECOTRUST maintains a strong strategic relationship with all key donors.

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  • The ECOTRUST Annual Stakeholders Event 2023: A Celebration of 20 Years of Trees for Global Benefits
    The 2023 ECOTRUST Annual Stakeholders event celebrated 20 years of the Trees for Global Benefits Programme, showcasing its achievements, featuring interactive exhibitions, honoring pioneer farmers, and emphasizing the importance of nature-based solutions and community involvement in climate adaptation efforts. […]
  • The ECOTRUST Annual Stakeholders Event 2023
    The 2023 ECOTRUST Annual Stakeholders Event is a special celebration marking the 20th anniversary of our Trees for Global Benefits Programme. Join us for an enlightening event as we showcase the remarkable achievements, milestones, and impact of the Trees for Global Benefits Programme over the past two decades. Discover the positive environmental, social, and economic changes brought about by this transformative initiative. […]
  • Celebrating 20 Years of Impact: TGB Profile Booklet
    Explore the journey, achievements, and milestones of TGB through our specially crafted profile booklet. This comprehensive document provides a look into the history of TGB, its innovative solutions, and the remarkable stories of smallholder farmers who have been the driving force behind its success. […]