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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 4 strategic objectives:

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 Climate Change Innovation Challenge 2022

The Climate Change Innovation Challenge 2022

We are in the midst of a global climate crisis, and we want to hear students’ own views on how best they can address an environmental issue within their communities! This call for proposals is targeting secondary schools in the

Update: Restoration of Wetlands and Associated Catchments Project in Eastern Uganda – ADA (2021 – 2023)

Update: Restoration of Wetlands and Associated Catchments Project in Eastern Uganda – ADA (2021 – 2023)

ECOTRUST is implementing the UNDP funded Restoration of Wetlands and Associated Catchments (ADA) Project in Eastern Uganda in partnership with BRAC, UNDP and the Ministry of Water & Environment (MWE), that seeks to restore wetlands and associated catchments in the

Update: Corridor Restoration Programme (2020 – 2023)

Update: Corridor Restoration Programme (2020 – 2023)

ECOTRUST with funding from the World Land Trust (WLT) is supporting the establishment of a Corridor Restoration Fund (CRF) to drive the restoration of forest connectivity corridors between the two forest reserve forests of Bugoma and Budongo in the Murchison