Benefit sharing in the Trees for Global Benefit (TGB) Initiative - Bushenyi District (Uganda)

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.