FACE Project: Rehabilitation of Mt. Elgon and Kibale National Park, Uganda


Started in 1994 and receiving initial USAID funding in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Foundation (UWA) the objectives of this carbon project were to implement forestry regeneration in the Mt. Elgon and Kibale National Parks, through the planting of twenty native tree species. Although these are as yet unverified by the CDM board(the projects have submitted PDDs) and are currently transacted under the Voluntary Carbon Standard(VCS) with Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) accreditation, the incentives created by the CDM have formed a large part of the motivation for their implementation.

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Basic Data
NameFACE Project: Rehabilitation of Mt. Elgon and Kibale National Park, Uganda
SiteKibale and Mt Elgon
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biodiversity conservation conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)REDD/CDM
Specific Commodities
Carbon offsets
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsAlthough these are as yet unverified by the CDM board (the projects have submitted PDDs) and are currently transacted under the VCS with FSC accreditation, the CDM has incentivized its implementation. The FACE (Forests Absorbing Carbon Dioxide Emission) foundation was created in 1990, as an initiative of four major Dutch electricity companies of the Dutch Electricity Generating Board. The company has two projects at Kibale national park and at Mount Elgon National Park. Both have had particularly turbulent project histories including human rights abuses which have marred their implementation processes. The Mt Elgon project involves the planting of20 native tree species over a total area of 27 000 ha, sequestering 700 000 tCO2Fe over its 17 year tenure. In 1992 and 1993, forest dwellers and peasants evicted, under the World Banks Forestry Rehabilitation Project, co-financed by the EU, followed by evictions in 2002.

Project Area (in hectares)27000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date1992
Company Names or State EnterprisesDutch Electricity Generating Board from Netherlands
Uganda Wildlife Foundation from Uganda
International and Financial InstitutionsForests Absorbing Carbon Dioxide Emission foundation (FACE)
World Bank Forestry Rehabilitation Project
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Uganda Wildlife Foundation (UWA) from Uganda
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
European Union (EU)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Land occupation
Dissemination of Hidden Transcripts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.It is unclear whether everyday acts of resistance have improved conditions for people in the area.
Sources and Materials

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ContributorPatrick Bond
Last update08/04/2014