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Key Result Area 1


Trees for Global Benefits

The aim of ECOTRUST's Trees for Global Benefits (TGB) Programme is to produce long-term, verifiable voluntary emission reductions by combining carbon sequestration with livelihood improvements through small-scale, farmer-led, forestry/agroforestry projects while at the same time, reducing pressure on natural resources in national parks and forest reserves

Renewable Energy

ECOTRUST’s renewable energy Programme seeks to make energy efficiency a reality for all communities in Uganda. The organization is currently promoting two renewable energy technologies i.e. The Mayi Sitovu Energy Efficient Cookstove and the Solvatten Water Purifying Device

Farmers' Voice Radio (FVR)

FVR, developed by the Lorna Young Foundation (LYF) acts as a fast, affordable and wide-reaching agricultural extension approach for disaster affected communities, combining indigenous knowledge of farmers with expert advice to create free-flowing, informative radio programs on a variety of topics. Discussions are edited into 15-minute programs and broadcast over a popular local radio station

Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) for Mount Elgon

ECOTRUST in partnership with UNDP implemented an EBA project in Eastern Uganda in the districts of Sironko and Bulambuli in which small holder farmers were incentivized using Payment for Environmental Services (PES) to apply sustainable land management (SALM) approaches such as digging of trenches, planting grass in waterways and growing trees / agroforestry on their farms to increase resilience to climate change.

Mpologoma Catchment Restoration Project

This project seeks to support the Government of Uganda to restore wetlands and associated catchments in the Kyoga Water Management Zone in general, and the Mpologoma Catchment Area in particular. The project activities have been developed to respond to specific climate-related impacts and vulnerabilities of the Mpologoma catchment as outlined in the Mpologoma Catchment Management Plan (CMP). These include sustainable land management practices and reforestation; climate resilient agricultural practices; and alternative livelihoods for communities living in these areas to reduce the pressures on the wetlands. The project is focusing on 5 Districts of Butaleja, Budaka, Kibuku, Namutumba, and Kaliro.

Summary of Key Strategies

Increase community awareness on vulnerability, early warning, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction

Ecosystem Based adaptation : supporting smallholder farmers to adopt soil & water conservation activities

Community Visioning: to identify sustainable long-term commercially viable initiatives / activities that suit community needs.

Farmers’ Voice Radio : To mitigate risks associated with natural disasters and build resilience of communities through engagement with experts over local radio.

Establishment of farmer field schools: To share experiences in adaptation strategies

Remote Sensing : To provide real time satellite data on the state of natural capital, linking to disaster risk reduction platforms.

Promote climate smart technologies and/or landscape level resource use practices

Agroforestry : to build the resilience of smallholder farmers and their natural productive systems by increasing / maintaining woody biomass.

Affordable renewable energy technologies : to make energy efficiency a reality for thousands of rural poor households.

Restore and protect risk-prone communally accessed natural resources

Land-use Planning : Each household is treated as an economic unit which is supported to develop a land use/ adaptation/business plan that integrates sustainable land management techniques (SALM) into household livelihood strategies.

Influence landscape level by-laws on conservation and response to climate risk

Collaboration with district local governments : to create stronger legal instruments to protect land and build the capacity of communities for understanding the benefits of their resources and need for the sustainable management.

Support formulation of community by-laws : to address issues of, free grazing, loss of tree cover, conflict with protection agencies, forest encroachment, gender inequality, displacement etc. through.

  • Consultations with district officials and community leaders
  • Community mobilization at village, parish, and sub-county level

Facilitate MoUs between protection agencies i.e. UWA & NFA and local communities’ groups to address issues of poor governance around natural resources management

Establish community-based conservation incentive and risk mitigation schemes

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) as a business : providing smallholders with diversified income generation opportunities, as a reward for investing in sustainable practices.

Payment for Environmental Services: Mobilizing Foreign Direct Investment in Smallholder – led Agroforestry through PES

Non – Cash Rewards: supporting participating farmers with capacity building, access to markets, affordable credit finance etc.