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

Trees for Global Benefits is designed as a cooperative community–based carbon offset scheme with livelihood components emphasising sustainable land-use practices.

Actively Contributes to



Climate Change

Good Health

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The project operates as a market-based 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 service markets. The TGB scheme operates as a Programme of Activities (PoA), 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 climate mitigation, the project contributes to income stability, food security, and fuel security at community level.


Albertine Rift & Mt Elgon regions (Uganda)

Operational Since:


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PVCs Issued to date:


Area of Land under Management:

5,967.21 ha



Project Interventions:

  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA)

2002: Registration
2009: Validation
2012: Over half a million PVCs issued
2013: First Verification
2016: Over 1 million PVCs issued

Coordinator Details:

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Project Location

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January 2019 | founder Tim Whitley has completed a three-part interview with Ecotrust's Pauline Nantongo about Trees for Global Benefits. They discuss a range of topics about the project, from its successes to issues of fire risks and additionally. Watch the full interview

March 2018 | The COTAP organisation and the Sierra Club visited the some of the TGB project sites. Meetings with local farmers provided them with insights into the successes of the programme. Footage captured from this tour will go a long way in gathering further support for the project. Read more

December 2018 | Using their experience from the TGB project, The Ecotrust team, led a participatory learning session on ‘Building Resilience of Landscapes, Businesses and People to Climate Change’ at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn. Read more

June 2017 | Experiences learnt from the TGB project were shared with Local Government Officials in a meeting led by the IUCN Netherlands Committee. This provided officials with insight into best practices for enabling the rural poor to participate in REDD+ initiatives. It also helped generate a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for conservation projects in the district. Read more