TIST Reforestation Project
TIST empowers Small Groups of subsistence farmers in Africa and India to combat the devastating effects of deforestation, climate change, poverty and drought through an innovative yet simple solution: planting millions of trees.
The TIST Program
Our TIST carbon (CO2) sequestration project has been underway for 16 years. Farmers form TIST Small Groups. The Small Groups plant trees. Trees create carbon credits. Carbon credits are sold. Farmers make money. The idea is straightforward - the results are remarkable.
TIST farmers own the trees and benefit from the fruit, nuts, timber and other forest products that they sell. TIST volunteers provide training in biodiversity, indigenous tree species, Conservation Farming, fuel-efficient stoves, nutrition and health education (including HIV/AIDS and malaria).
Healthier Local Environment
Carbon dioxide, the number one contributor to global warming, is stored in soil and trees. As TIST trees grow, soil becomes more fertile, crop yields increase, and the landscape and biodiversity are restored.
Most subsistence farmers in India and East Africa survive on less than $2 a day. TIST participants receive income from the carbon their trees sequester and from the benefits of growing the trees and doing sustainable farming best practices. I4EI's partner, Clean Air Action Corporation, has the carbon and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity benefits third-party verified. The “carbon credits” are sold on the global market. The farmers have more food for their families and can sell the additional fruit, nuts, honey and other products in their local markets.
Visit www.TIST.org to learn more about our community forestry, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction operations in East Africa and Asia. On the website you can get direct access to up-to-the-minute information on I4EI's TIST project activities and tree planting among Small Groups in all TIST locations, including India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Live TIST Data
Please visit the TIST website to see live data for the project.
Here is a direct link to view the 150 most recently quantified groups.
From TIST Website
TIST empowers Small Groups of subsistence farmers in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and India to reverse the devastating effects of deforestation, drought, and famine. Since 1999, TIST participants have been identifying local sustainable development goals that include tree planting and sustainable agriculture. TIST creates a communication and administrative structure that also addresses health (including HIV/AIDS), education, and nutrition. TIST expects to provide long-term revenue for the Small Group participants through the sale of greenhouse gas credits (GhG).
TIST was pioneered by Clean Air Action Corporation. CAAC monitors and markets the CO2 credits created by over 65,000 TIST participants. I4EI, in partnership with CAAC, implements sustainable development, biodiversity, health and fuel-efficient stove training and activities to further benefit the TIST farmers.