The project will work with 2000 small scale landholder households to reduce environmental degradation by increasing onfarm tree cover in Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains. Poor land management in this World Heritage Site has resulted into significant degradation, compromising the ability of the landscape to support livelihoods. Clearance of vegetation has resulted into soil erosion and water siltation, reducing productivity and water quality. The project will restore 4000ha along major rivers.
ECOTRUST trains farmers to implement forestry activities suitable to their household needs; Estimates the carbon potential and sells it on the voluntary market; gives farmers performance – based payments and offers credit from a revolving fund.
ECOTRUST will support 2000 rural poor households to invest in land-use practices that will improve environmental management for better livelihoods. The farmers will integrate tree planting as part of their long-term livelihood strategies.