Fighting Poverty One Ton of Carbon at a Time

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
and EcoTrust Uganda
Country of implementation: Uganda
Poverty reduction requires effective management and protection of ecosystems which provide food, water, and other goods and services. WCS and Ecotrust Uganda propose the creation and capitalization of a carbon bank that will purchase carbon from small-holder farmers who plant trees for food, fodder, and fuel wood. The bank will make partial up-front payments and sell the aggregated sequestered carbon on the voluntary market to generate sustainable income, recapitalize itself and expand farmer participation. It will offer a highly replicable and scalable model for improving livelihoods and ecosystem services through smallholder farmer participation in the carbon markets.

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