Trees for Global Benefits – Uganda

Trees for Global Benefit (TGB) is a cooperative carbon offsetting scheme which combines community-led activities to increase carbon sequestration with performance-based payments for farmers.


Bushenyi, Hoima, Masindi and Kasese districts, Uganda

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Project Coordinator


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Area of land under management:

4,064 ha


3,278 smallholders

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Registered in 2003

Trees for Global Benefits is designed as a cooperative community–based carbon offset scheme with livelihood components emphasising sustainable land-use practices. It operates as a market solution that reduces unsustainable exploitation of forest resources and the decline of ecosystem quality, while diversifying and increasing incomes for rural farmers and their families.

TGB combines carbon sequestration with rural livelihood improvements through small-scale, farmer-led, agroforestry projects and ecosystem services by linking rural farmers to the international ecosystem markets. The TGB scheme operates as a Programme of Activities to enable scaling up through the design of new activities and the recruitment of new farming communities.

In addition to farmers’ direct payments for planting trees and sequestering carbon, the project aims to contribute to income stability, food security, and fuel security at community level.


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November 2013 | ECOTRUST Initiates Carbon Bank. With funding from the UNDP Regional Office, ECOTRUST has embarked on a process to develop a carbon bank; a facility that will support local communities’ access to ecosystem markets based on lessons learned from the Trees for Global Benefits project.Read more.

October 2013| Trees for Global Benefits wins Low Carbon SEED award! Founded in 2002 by UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN, SEED awards identify and support innovative locally driven start-up enterprises that integrate social, environmental and economic benefits into their business models. Read more about the awards here

January 2013| Watch the new Trees for Global Benefits video. In partnership with Plan Vivo Reseller ZeroMission, Trees for Global Benefits has produced a video, showing how the project is supporting rural communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.