The goal of the TIST Program is to address environmental change and poverty, by providing men and women in developing countries an opportunity to earn payment for environmental services, primarily through the global carbon market.
Working together, more than 60,000 strong, TIST farmers have planted more than 11 million trees since the inception of the program, in 1999. Using an award winning monitoring system developed by CAAC, highly trained farmers visit each tree grove and record the location, number, size, and species of live trees. This process effectively tracks the progress and results of the farmers. The data, including pictures, is uploaded onto a central database, using cell phones, or the Internet, and can be viewed by the public at www.TIST.org.
TIST also provides an infrastructure for training on topics such as nursery development, tree planting, Conservation Farming, fuel-efficient stoves, nutrition and preventative health education. TIST empowers the farmers to take action to change their lives, communities and the world.
TIST currently works in India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.