Deal #1969

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

Latitude
0.4861759
Longitude
30.389665100000002
Target country
Uganda
Comment on location
Older sources mention project in Mt Elgon National Park, but no mention of this location on company's website.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
10000.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[1990] 10000
Size in operation (production, in ha)
10000
Comment on land area
reforest approximately 10.000 ha inside the park. So far, 3.500 hectares have been successfully restored. UWA and the FACE Foundation aim to plant a total of 35,000 hectares of land at Mount Elgon and Kibale National Parks (25,000 hectares at Mount Elgon and 10,000 hectares at Kibale). The initial project contract (FACE Foundation, 1992) stipulated that the project should reforest the 25,000 hectares of MENP that had been degraded throughout the tumultuous post-independence period – the land from which communities would soon be dispossessed.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
For carbon sequestration/REDD, Conservation

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[1994] Concluded (Oral Agreement)
Comment on negotiation status
Commenced in 1994.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2011] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
the first tranche of VCUs have been issued in September 2011. UWA-FACE closed down its initial operations at Mount Elgon after 10 years as a result of deep controversies and negative international publicity.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
99
Comment on contract
The initial project contract (FACE Foundation, 1992) stipulated that the project should reforest the 25,000 hectares of MENP that had been degraded throughout the tumultuous post-independence period – the land from which communities would soon be dispossessed.

Operating company

Name of investment project
Forests Absorbing Carbon Emissions (UWA-FACE) project
Comment on investment chain
Domestic partners: Ugandan wildlife authority. UWA-FACE was initiated in 1992 by a contract between the then Ugandan Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Industry (MoTTI), and a Dutch NGO, the Forest Absorbing Carbon Emissions (FACE) Foundation. UWA-FACE closed down its initial operations at Mount Elgon after 10 years as a result of deep controversies and negative international publicity

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
Comment on data source
http://www.landcoalition.org/cpl-blog/?p=2977 no longer works

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
Linking notions of justice and project outcomes in carbon offset forestry projects: Insights from a comparative study in Uganda
Date
2018-04

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
Bantu agriculturalists primarily residing in the southern and western MENP-adjacent districts

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
Concern human rights abuses inflicted during the process of evictions, and surveying errors related to the position of the MENP boundary. As a result of these contestations, this pioneering carbon forestry project was rejected by many local people, pilloried by international civil society campaigns

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Eviction

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
UWA and the FACE Foundation (1992) initially claimed that the scheme would result in ‘triple win’ outcomes for climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and local livelihoods. The latter would comprise employment in the reforestation of the 25,000 hectares of ‘degraded’ land and other income in exchange for the provision of tree seedlings

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
However, employment did not materialize to the extent promised and there was little else by way of distributive benefits for local people

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Trees (unspecified)

Overall comment

Overall comment
Project to offset emissions of 600 MW coal fired power station in Netherlands. Benet claim that they have always lived on land which has since been turned into a forest. Ugandan wildlife authority claims benet have encroached on the forest land. Despite the park’s ecological value, deforestation and historic consumptive use of the park have contributed to significant deterioration of KNP’s forest and its biodiversity over the past 30 years. Face the Future has been working with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) since the early 90’s to reforest approximately 10.000 ha inside the park, aiming to protect and restore biodiversity, increase carbon stocks and sustain the park’s overall vital ecological functions. So far, 3.500 hectares have been successfully restored. The carbon benefits of the project are validated and verified against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), resulting in high quality carbon credits.

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