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Francis B.N. Sabuni

Executive Director,
EAMCEF

Through the financial assistance by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar-Es-Salaam, the Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) successfully implemented a five year (June 2011-May 2016) project “Improving Conservation of the Eastern Arc Mountains Forests in Tanzania” targeting nine protected areas, namely; Amani, Nilo, Chome, Magamba, Mkingu, Uluguru, Kilombero and Uzungwa Scarp Nature Reserves, and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The project implementation was undertaken through field partners in the eleven priority District Councils where the nine protected sites lies – Muheza, Korogwe, Mkinga, Same, Lushoto, Mvomero, Morogoro, Morogoro Municipality, Kilombero, Kilolo and Mufindi. Whereas project partners coordinated and supervised the implementation of the project activities in the field, EAMCEF issued project grants to facilitate the interventions in three thematic areas – forest conservation and management; community development and livelihood improvement; and, applied biodiversity and climate change research.
While implementation of forest conservation and management projects aimed to achieve effective biodiversity conservation and improved forest condition of each of the nine priority sites, community development and livelihood improvement projects aimed to improve the economic wellbeing and social welfare of the communities living adjacent to the priority sites through provision of alternative livelihood options and income generating activities. Applied biodiversity and climate change research projects were implemented in order to generate useful information for informed decision making and conservation planning for effective conservation of the target forest sites.
Following successful completion of the project in May 2016, EAMCEF initiated a process to document the results and impacts realized from the implementation of the project in order to present the progress, share the experiences gained, lessons learned and approaches of best practice adopted in implementing the project. A field survey was then undertaken towards the end of 2017 whereby stories contained in this documentary were narrated by the project beneficiaries in some few selected sites. It is our sincere hope that you will find the stories interesting and useful.

Replacing wild meat with local chicken to save the forests

Like in many other Forest Reserves, residents of Mkanga Village living adjacent to Mkingu Nature…

Butterfly farming – that’s strange!

“When butterfly keeping project was first introduced in our village most people were laughing and…

Pig keeping for multiple benefits

EAMCEF supported pig keeping in Ukwega Village to prove if communities can generate income from…

Doing business unusual with dairy goats keeping!

Just a few people in Mkalanga Village believed that goats can be a good source…

If crops can’t change our lives, dairy cows will

Hearing of a forest conservation project one thinks of key actions such as forest patrols,…

Tree planting overturning poverty in Kilolo District

The beautiful landscape of Kilolo District is blessed by cold weather and rich soil supporting…

If it were not for the bees…

Situated just on the foot of Udzungwa Mountains, Villagers of Msufini Village in Kilombero District…

Rewarding forest conservation promises

Would the communities in Kazita Village keep their promises to conserve the forests of Nilo…

Compensating communities for labour and time

Unlike Game Reserves where consumptive wildlife tourism is generating significant revenue from hunting tourists, the…

“Income from sales of seedlings was used to build a large kitchen, cooking and serving equipment/ utensils etc.”
Mbawi Primary School, Kilolo District

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