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Trees for Global Benefit, Uganda
Trees for Global Benefit in Uganda brings opportunity for farmers and small-scale land holders to use their land in a sustainable but profitable manner by creating sustainable forestry and protecting the land for reforestation. Farmer income and technical training offered through the project allows the farmers to protect the land and pursue sustainable agriculture options rather than clear it for intensive farming. The project also encourages biodiversity preservation. Serving as a buffer zone around the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and several neighboring forest preserves. It protects an extensive equatorial riverine forest, best noted for the resident chimpanzees and an incredibly diverse population of birds, mammals and butterflies.
Trees for Global Benefit is a cooperative carbon offset program, restoring important and degraded forest habitats. The trees belong to the individual farmer who has a management objective for growing them (for managed timber, medicine, or fruit) and receives subsidies via the carbon certificates. 136 farmers are currently enrolled in the Bushenyi region, and extra activities (e.g. nursery establishment and production of seedlings) provide additional income to rural communities.
Trees for Global Benefit Project Expanding
The Trees for Global Benefit project has started expanding to new areas of Uganda. This follows the successful implementation of the pilot in Bushenyi. Applications to join the program have been received from several new areas. A scoping exercise has been conducted and technical specifications of the trees that farmers from Hoima and Masindi expressed interest in are being prepared. By the end of 2008 we expect 500 farmers to be enrolled, with several new additional sites in the Albertine Rift area - one of the most important sites for biodiversity in all of Africa.
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