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The Environmental ConservationTrust of Uganda Trees for Global Benefits Project


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Presentation for CCAFS communicating carbon workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in October.

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The Environmental ConservationTrust of Uganda Trees for Global Benefits Project

  1. 1. The Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda Trees for Global Benefits Project Gerald Kairu Communicating Carbon Workshop 12-14 October 2011 Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2. Local Context <ul><li>Project has planted 1600ha of indigenous and or naturalized trees species. E.g. Maesopsis eminii, Prunus africana , Mangifera sp. </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of the farmers are poor-It’s a pro-poor project. </li></ul><ul><li>30% of participants in the carbon training meetings are Men </li></ul><ul><li>A few wealthy farmers in the village participate-I person/village. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential farmers have to show proof of land. </li></ul><ul><li>Have ability to grow crops and plant trees </li></ul>
  3. 3. Describing Carbon Sequestration <ul><li>Use existing polluters in the local setting e.g. factories, vehicles, etc that produce carbon dioxide. </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon dioxide GAS is a bad gas to environment </li></ul><ul><li>The bad GAS produced by these polluters is good for making food for plants. It makes plants to become big and produce timber for building, sale, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting trees reduces on amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. This changes weather patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers who plant trees are advised to choose their preferred species, but trees must be multipurpose/multiple benefit. e.g. getting timber and increasing crop yield etc </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers choose their appropriate farming system. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication: Farmers are trained by-Drawings on flip chart, demonstrations in nearby plots and testimonies from fellow farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Most farmers don’t know how to write, therefore, taking notes during the trainings is difficult for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: The drawings give a clear illustration of the explanation and farmers are able to follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing challenge(s): Taking farmers for visits: exchange visits, and visiting model farmers in the locality. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Financial and Non-Financial Benefits & Costs <ul><li>Explanation to farmers is done in their local languages </li></ul><ul><li>Use farmers involved in various businesses like timber, roofing to explain financial benefit-from timber. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication tool: Farmers experienced in tree growing give testimony of how much they have used; Also, Use of flip charts </li></ul><ul><li>In the beginning it was a challenge explaining carbon finance benefit but In the long run, farmers give testimonies. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Explaining financial figures to grown ups/ old people is problematic as some take long to grasp the issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: Inviting the rural bank managers to explain financial issues in the community meeting- done in their local language </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the challenge: Inviting all family members including their children to attend community meetings- The school going children do explain to the parents. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) <ul><li>Monitoring results sent to farmers through the farmer coordinators in a table –indicating corrective actions </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers are organized in groups/registered associations and they discuss both project and others issues in their monthly meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Carrying out on-farm visits pointing out the corrective actions </li></ul><ul><li>Communication tool: The main mode of communication for MRV is through the farmer coordinators during the monthly meeting and assistant farmer coordinators by use of -the word of mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges: Some farmers don’t attend meetings making it difficult for them to follow ; also, its cumbersome process for door to door visits </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities: You meet people of different status in society including opinion leaders, local council leaders who help to disseminate the message during any organised community meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing Challenge : Use of radio announcements-enables a very good attendance of meetings. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Legal Issues <ul><li>Local Language is used to explain contracts. Terms that are difficult in English are translated to the local language </li></ul><ul><li>After explaining to the meeting legal conflict resolution, the local leaders explain further to the community </li></ul><ul><li>Communication tools: Drawings, oral communication with examples that have happened within community </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Takes time to explain legal issues/ carbon sales contracts-because if rushed through can discourage farmers to join the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the challenge: Community security personnel is invited to community meetings to explain the legal/conflict issues- its less threatening/scaring when the community security personnel is explaining because the people are used to them </li></ul>
  7. 7. Thank you!