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

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.

EAMCEF was officially registered in Tanzania on 6th June 2001, under the Trustees’ Incorporation Act (Cap. 318, R. E. 2002) of the Laws of Tanzania. It was originally conceived as a joint initiative of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the EAMCEF Board of Trustees (BOT), the World Bank (WB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The Trust Fund operates as a Not-for-Profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Initially, EAMCEF operated as a component of the WB financed project (TFCMP) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) whereby a total of US$ 2.4 Mil. credit facility was used to finance activities and operations of its 7 years first phase (2002-2009), the establishment phase. Funding of the second phase (the permanent phase) was initially planned to come mainly from incomes generated from the investment of the endowment capital secured from the GEF commitment of US$ 7.0 mil. as well as additional resources acquired from other sources through fundraising activities.

Our Main Thematic Areas of Work


Our support in protected Areas is aimed at improving the ecological functions of the Eastern Arc Mountains ecosystem and to strengthen the management capabilities of the responsible institutions – there by enhancing resilience to climate change impact and potential mitigation functions.



Local communities surrounding the Eastern Arc Mountains are at the heart of our work. We are committed to support alternative economic activities in order to improve the rural livelihoods and social welfare of these forest adjacent communities.



We support researches relevant to the conservation of biodiversity in the priority
Eastern Arc Mountains.

Aims and Objectives
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    To promote the protection of biological diversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains, targeting priority areas of significant diversity.
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    To promote the mitigation and adaptation to impacts of climate change in the Eastern Arc Mountains.
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    To promote the involvement of the local communities in the conservation and sustainable management of the natural resources and bio-diversity of the Eastern Arc Mountains and to assist them in benefiting from such conservation and sustainable management.
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    To ensure benefits, whether financial, technical or material arising from the Trust’s activities, pass to local communities in its areas of operation.
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    To provide long-term reliable support for projects and research which promote the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources in the Eastern Arc Mountains and contribute to the promotion of the economic and social welfare of the communities in the area.
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    To promote the collection and dissemination of information and advice concerning the Eastern Arc Mountains and their global conservation value.
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    To engage in fund-raising activities to obtain resources that shall finance the objectives of the Trust.
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    To enter into covenants or agreements, including but not limited to; joint management agreements, leases; and licenses with other identified stakeholders, including: local communities, central and local governments, the business community, private sector and individuals, over any land and immovable property as may have been acquired by the Trust, PROVIDED ALWAYS that such agreements shall be in the long-term interests of the Trust.
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    To provide liaison between government agencies, civil society and the private sector in conservation and environment matters.
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    As an insubstantial part of the activities of the Trust and only to the extent permitted by a public charity organization, to advocate for policies, regulations and laws that are designed to promote sustainable development and conservation.
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    To co-operate with any person or organization with objectives similar to those of the Trust.

Governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) operates as a Trust Fund Organization and managed by an Endowment Fund Secretariat based in its own office complex in Morogoro Municipality and headed by an Executive Director.

Current Members of the EAMCEF Board of Trustees

Ms. Rahima O. Njaidi

Legal Community

Mr. Nigel Whittaker

Financial/Business Community

Prof. Kessy J. Francis

Academia/Research Community

Mr. Lucas S. Shemndolwa

Local Community (Northern Zone Mountains Blocks) - LAC Member

Mr. Zakayo M. Kilyenyi

Local Community (Southern Zone Mountains Blocks) – LAC Member

Prof. Dos Santos Silayo

Government of Tanzania

Dr. Amani Ngusaru


Mr. Makala J. Lazaro


Mr. Francis B.N. Sabuni

Ex-Officio Member
Our Motto

‘Conserving Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’.

EAMCEF Secretariat

Raymond Killenga

Programme Officer

Emmanuel Malaba

Finance and Administration Officer
Accounts And Administrative Assistant

Emanuel Lyaruu

Accounts and Administrative Assistant
Stephen Hosea

Stephen Hosea

Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant
Alan Kimbita

Alan Kimbita

Planning and Communication Assistant

Magreth Victor

Field Projects Officer - Northern Zone

Rosemary Boniphace

Field Projects Officer – Southern Zone

Anna Mwaimu

Executive Assistant

Leonora Dunda

Programme Secretary

Josephine Nditi

Office Attendant

Evodi Nambole

Driver – HQ

William Chidobi

Driver - HQ

Clement Kakorozya

Field Driver – HQ

Innocent Kilewo

Field Driver - Southern Zone

Fredrick Mafole

Field Driver - Nothern Zone

Deodatus Daud

Compound Attendant

Ally Shomari

Compound Attendant

“Our school had very few cups such that majority of pupils had to take porridge in groups – those with cups had to take porridge quickly and release the cup for others. The porridge had no sugar but now sugar is not a problem”

Seth Madembo (Pupil, Mbawi Primary School, Kilolo District)

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