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 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.
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,
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!
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)