The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Innovative Participation in Conservation and Poverty Alleviation (IPaCoPA)

Your title/position Executive Director
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded September 2015
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Explain your project in details:

Uganda is among the two Countries with the highest deforestation rate globally. For 2015, the forest cover of Uganda was estimated at 12% of the total Land area, or 2.42 hectares. (Ministry of Water and Environment Report 2017). Deforestation has many consequences including but not limited to high temperatures, reduced rainfall, habitat loss, air and water pollution, a fall in agricultural productivity, loss of biodiversity and general destruction of ecosystems.Having seen this widening gap, IPaCoP project was established to aid and philanthropy community led conservation and ecological restoration to achieve socially, economically and environmentally secure livelihoods. The main project objectives are;-Community mobilization and capacity building on conservation and sustainable Agriculture -To ensure climate Justice and create public awareness on critical issues of environment and climate change.-Mitigating climate change effects through forestry, agro-forestry, waste management and protection of existing natural resources. -Promoting on-farm agricultural biodiversity conservation and restoration of well-functioning ecosystems to increase production, food and Nutritional Security as well as household income through agricultural value chain.Project activities:Establishing the mechanisms for the full involvement of local communities/private sector in the management of protected areas through formation of tree academy Groups. , Establishing networks through the exchange of information, experts and visits by local communities and Group representatives.Training members on various skills including project management skills, waste recycling (Biogas formation), promoting use of renewable energy, saving skills (VSLA) model, budgeting skills, access to land and Sustainable land use, better agricultural practices, tree nursery management and tree planting, water harvesting, governance and justice, gender equality and human rights.Market research, value addition and marketing of local people's produce. Approach: -By recognizing local community participation through formation of TAGs/VSLAs and equipping members with better tools where over 2100 people are now involved.-Integrating technology (AWEGA Apps, using Smartphones) in project management.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

At least 2050 members out of 2100 in TAGs have reported an increase in individual monthly savings from15% per person per month in 2017 to 30% per person per month by 2018.Tree Academy Groups registered under the VSLA model during 2017-2028 have registered an average income of $195.2 per person per month (against national average of $115.6 per month) with 50% headed by women.Agricultural Productivity has increased from a baseline of 2.4 tones per hectare in 2016 to 3.5 tons per hectare to date with adoption of Organic Farming and Agroforestry. With integration of technology, TUA has secured a contract, through the AWEGA Marketplace, for the export of Habanero to the UK and the EU and is preparing to harvest and deliver the first batch of the Habanero crop (hot pepper).Since project establishment in 2016, the current Project area has reported a 65% recovery and and 35% increase in the vegetation cover of the devastated and degenerating areas respectively and a reduction in land clearance for agriculture from 62.9% per year in 2016 to 40% per year in 2028 with 250000 trees planted.From research,we have noted that;1. Trees have the ability to absorb greenhouse gases through processes like carbon sequestration that have a positive impact on climate change. It is estimated that one tree can absorb almost 10 pounds of polluted air every year and release 260 pounds of oxygen.2. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.3. The average reduction of particulate matter near a tree is between 7-24%, while the cooling effect is up to 2C (3.6F). This is a contribution to climate action.

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Sustainability and future plans

Our Business model is increasing networks through formation of Tree Academy Groups under the Village Savings and Loan Association Model.Currently the enterprise generates revenues from membership subscription fees from Tree Academy Groups registered as corporate members of TUA, bonuses from Value addition and Marketing of Members' agricultural Produce, Sale of Indigenous Tree Seedlings to large scale farmers and government towards environmental regeneration program, and Gifts from enterprise Well-wishers.With the formation of Tree Academy Groups in communities which is a perpetual program, the enterprise is assured of continuous growth and expansion due to increasing membership and innovations. Tree Uganda Academy not only end at group formation but also offers training on various skills to her members enhanced with income generating projects thus diversifying our Economic Base. By working this way, we create avenues for Economic, Social and Environmental benefits all which gives us assurance for the business sustainability.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Mushana Ivan is a male youth aged 29 and a professional skilled social-economic policy expert, holding a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Accounting Major). He is motivated by his personal career To become a professional skilled social-economic policy expert with integrity that will help in enabling people and communities solve Environmental, Business management, financial management, and system problems. He is the founder and the Executive Director Tree Uganda Academy. He is passionate about helping people and communities solve Environmental, social and Business management problems. He has spent the majority of his career in the Agribusiness industry, gaining experiences in areas such as production, marketing and conservation. While managing agriculture and conservation project initiatives is his primary job function by day, Ivan Mushana also enjoys spending time with local farmers including his family, forest walks and visiting national parks. He started the journey to his leadership career since childhood in primary as a head monitor, through secondary education as a class councilor and the chairperson school council, to the university as a course coordinator and Students Guild President. His leadership experience and innovation skills have lifted him to the position of the Executive director of his own founded organization where he is transforming lives of many people. In 218, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Skal international for implementing an environmentally friendly business model and his own founded Organization been recognized by Global giving for its effectiveness during the 2019 March GlobalGiving accelerator.

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Turyakira Ambrose

May 21, 2019 21:08

Greetings Comrades. This is the time to show cooperation than ever before especially when we have an opportunity to fight for our planet. Agriculture today that employs majority of the world's population is failing due to nature destruction. By vetting for this Project, you prepare to create employment in Agriculture. Thanks.

Tree Uganda Academy (TUA)

May 21, 2019 20:24

This is such an amazing project everyone can be willing to participate in voting for it. we all need a better environment to thrive. Conservation must be everyone's responsibility if we must save our planet. I call upon everyone to vote for this project. Thank You.

May 21, 2019 12:49

It has been my pleasure to vote for this project. this project not only will help the people of Kanungu but also the entire world. Today, the Earth's climate is changing than ever before, Supporting conservation is a Great Cause.Thanks to all who vote for this project.

May 18, 2019 17:24

This project exhibits High potential for building Environmental and Economic Sustainability. Kindly Support This Project with a vote to join the world of Environmental philanthropists.

May 18, 2019 16:28

Community Led Conservation is the way to go if we must sustain the Future of Agriculture and improve our Economic Potential
Thanks to Tree Uganda Academy for Championing this great Cause.