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Plot No. 348, Forest Hill Area, Kingalu Road, Morogoro,Tanzania

Welcome to The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF)

The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) is a Trust Fund that was established and functions as a long-term and reliable funding mechanism to support Community Development, Biodiversity Conservation and Applied Research Projects, which promote the biological diversity, ecological functions and sustainable use of natural resources in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania.

Our Vision

Our  Vision is to see that, the Eastern Arc Mountains and the people who depend on them live in harmony as one sustainable ecosystem. The forests and mountains will provide goods and services – from water to electrical power, from food and cash crops to medicines- for the people of Tanzania. And the world community will benefit from a protected biodiversity hotspot and a major carbon sink reducing global warming and mitigating climate change impacts.

Our Mission

We catalyse resources to foster conservation of forest biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania through investment in sustainable community development and livelihood improvement, sustained financing for protected areas management and financial support to applied biodiversity and climate change research.


About the Eastern Arc Mountains

The Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania and Kenya are among the most important areas for the conservation of biological diversity in the world. The conservation of these mountains is being supported by the Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and various development partners including the Government of Norway and GEF/UNDP. The Eastern Arc Mountains stretch across 15 districts in Tanzania,

What is special about the Eastern Arc Mountains?


The Eastern Arc Mountains are the catchment areas for many of the important rivers of eastern Tanzania. At least 25% of Tanzanians depend on the Eastern Arc Mountains for their water supply.



The Eastern Arc is recognised internationally as an area with an exceptional concentration of unique plant and animal species. Many of these species are found only in these forests.



The Eastern Arc supplies many resources and environmental services for the people of Tanzania. The total economic value ias arround $620 million.



Hydroelectric power using water from the Eastern Arc Forests contributes more than 50% of the electricity in Tanzania.



The cool and reliable climate in the Eastern Arc allows the cultivation of many food and cash crops, which feed local populations and are exported to towns and cities.



The Eastern Arc Forests and Mountains are increasingly becoming popular with tourists particularly those interested in birds and wildlife.

Key Threats and Drivers

Estimates suggest that more than 70% of the original forest cover has been destroyed and only about 5,400 sq km of forest land remain on the mountains!

Uncontrolled forest Fire

Uncontrolled fires from farmers and hunters affects much of the forests

Conversion to farmland

Adjacent communities cuts down the trees in order to cultivate their crops

Illegal timber harvesting

Too much timber harvesting without replanting the trees affects the forests

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Stories From Community Projects


1.0       BACKGROUND The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) is a Trust Fund that…


1.0       BACKGROUND The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) is a Trust Fund that…

Making improved cook stoves work for women and forests

One of the tricky questions in addressing drivers of forest degradation in Tanzania is how…

Compensating communities for labour and time

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

Addressing food insecurity to save the forests

EAMCEF believes that, if local communities in Mbomole Village (Muheza District) are food secured, little…

Rewarding forest conservation promises

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

Our Key Partners

Between 2002 and 2009, EAMCEF was fully funded by the World Bank (WB) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the Government of Tanzania

For over eight years, EAMCEF operations and project activities have largely been funded by the Royal Government of Norway (2011 – To date)

Investiments Management Consultants/Financial Advisor and Bankers

Implementing Partners

Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT)

Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) Agency

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)

Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute

Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI)

Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI)

University of Dar Es Salaam

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

Tanga Urban Water Supply Authority (Tanga- UWASA)

Kilolo District Council

Kilombero District Council

Korogwe District Council

Mkinga District Council

Morogoro Municipal Council

Muheza District Council

Mvomero District Council

Same District Council

Mufindi District Council

Same Mwanga Environmental Conservation Advisory Organization (SMECAO)

ENEPA Green Consultancy

Friends In Development (FIDE)

Livelihood Development Tanzania (LIDET)

Same Community Based Organization (SCBO)

Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)

Tanga Energy Development Association Trust (TEDA)

Victory Youth Support Organization (VIYOSO)


Morogoro Environmental Conservation Action Group (MECA)


Tanzania Association of Foresters (TAF)

Umoja wa Wahifadhi Mazingira Kihuhwi Zigi (UWAMAKIZI)

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