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.