Leading the way
The TBA corporate training programme brings the concepts of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity to life for senior executives and field staff. We put sustainability plans into a practical context through innovative training in tropical forests, making the science accessible, relevant, and interesting. Drawing on over 20 years of experience in teaching tailor-made training programmes in the field, TBA is uniquely positioned to equip staff with the knowledge and real-world experience needed to help companies deliver their sustainability plans. More
“BAT found working with TBA to be an incredibly valuable experience – one that stretched over 15 years. They brought insights and challenge to the table and always made sure that our joint projects delivered a tangible impact on the ground.”
Jennie Galbraith, Head of Sustainability and Reputation Management, Legal and, External Affairs, British American Tobacco.
Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment
TBA developed the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment (BROA) Tool specifically for helping agribusiness and promoting sustainable agriculture. BROA provides a straightforward means of assessing and identifying a company’s impacts and dependencies on nature, including biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main outcome of BROA is a clear set of action and monitoring plans to avert risks to the environment and to maximize opportunities for conservation and business. Companies use these plans to help create a more sustainable supply chain and a healthier environment.
BROA in Action
reduced irrigation flow resulting from catchment deforestation
reduced water quality due to loss of riverine buffer zones
- lowered ground water table
- unsustainably sourced fuelwood in the supply chain
poor soil organic matter management
- negative impacts of agricultural intensification
Conservation in Action
Working with agribusiness TBA has:
- set aside 2,000 ha of native forest in Uganda under sustainable management
- restored riverine forest to prevent soil erosion, conserved critical habitat and improved river health
- mitigated soil erosion and improved soil quality through planting new species and multi cropping
- decreased use of chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides) on farmland
- developed agroforestry and tree nurseries
- trained communities to build fuel efficient stoves
TBA and Tree Talk, a local NGO, trained young farmers to build fuel-efficient stoves, thereby equipping them with the necessary skills to earn an income as energy service providers. As a result, fuelwood usage was reduced by as much as 50% in 2 years. This significantly reduced pressure on native forests as well as decreasing air pollution in homes. There was also a significant improvement in women’s well-being through better cooking technology and reduced reliance on native fuel wood. “We are benefiting from the energy saving stoves because there is improved hygiene due to reduced harmful smoke released during cooking,” says Fiona Ovugi from Aboke Village in Kole district.