This case study shares some early experiences and lessons from already existing projects that are implementing Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) and how they can inform development of RE DD+ national strategies, programmes and projects. In East Africa, the RE DD+ processes and programmes are still emerging through national planning / strategy development processes and pilot projects, and give some sense of what REDD+ might look like in practice. While RE DD+ projects and policies are being developed in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, there are aspects in existing natural resources benefit sharing systems that could inform a typical REDD+ benefit sharing system. These benefit sharing systems could provide useful experiences and information as a basis for putting in place institutions across governments, national expert groups, negotiating teams, civil society organizations, academia and media to achieve greater REDD+ effectiveness, coordination and implementation. This case study provides experiences from one of the Plan Vivo projects - Trees for Global Benefits (TGB). This has been designed as a cooperative, community- based carbon offset scheme which emphasizes sustainable land-use practices and also contains livelihood components.