Biodiversity for Sustainable Farming and Wood Energy Use

Addressing deforestation and improving bio-diversity in East Africa and India.

The International Small Group And Tree Planting Program (TIST)

The International Small Group and Tree Planting program, or TIST, is a robust, sustainable development response by the Institute for Environmental Innovation, or I4EI, and the Clean Air Action Corporation to the disaster of deforestation in East Africa and India. The I4EI projects the total estimated cost of the five-year project to be $19.4 million. I4EI and CAAC will provide $12,775,000, and USAID’s share will be $6,660,000. Through this Global Development Alliance, TIST intends to focus on critical biodiversity and natural-resource-rich areas of Mt. Kenya and Mara/Mau to enhance biodiversity, reduce vulnerability to climate change and reverse deforestation. It will also improve rural livelihoods via secure economic benefits from carbon sequestration, increased crop yields through conservation farming and sustainable and efficient use of wood energy. The partnership seeks to improve methods of monitoring the project’s effects on biodiversity and soil and water conservation and reduce “pressure” on the resources of natural forests through payments for environmental services.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Clean Air Action Corporation

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Clean Air Action Corporation helps communities and businesses clean up the air sooner and at lower cost. Stationary sources, mobile sources, area sources, regulators, and public-private...

  • Chicago Software Solutions

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Chicago Software Solutions is a privately held consulting company specializing in custom software development. With over 11 years of experience in software engineering and quality assurance, we...

  • DLA Piper

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    DLA Piper is a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. DLA Piper today has 4,200 lawyers in offices throughout Asia...

  • Institute for Environmental Innovation (I4EI)

    Implementing NGO
    Canada | Staff size: Unknown

    The Institute for Environmental Innovation (I4EI), a Public Charity, was organized in 2001. I4EI funds the sustainable development activities of The International Small Group and Tree Planting...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Kenya
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 19.4 Million