Enhancing Sustainable conservation of Water Catchment and Socio-cultural heritage for Maasai and Batemi Communities in Lake Natron – ICCA.
Enhancing Sustainable conservation of Water Catchment and Socio-cultural heritage for Maasai and Batemi Communities in Lake Natron – ICCA.
Lake Natron is among the important community conserved area in the Northern Tanzania Rangelands, it’s located in Ngorongoro and Longido Districts. The Lake Natron provides a larger landscape that support indigenous pastoralists and agro-pastoralist (Maasai & Batemi/Sonjo) communities and wildlife conservation habitats. The Maasai and Batemi Lake Natron conservation program constitutes two main conservation belts, the Batemi valley and the Lake shore villages. The two Belts provided important water catchments for the survival of Lake Natron ecosystem and indigenous livelihoods.

The local communities form these catchment villages do experience several challenges that includes governance and management of water resource and forest conservation, other challenges associated with climate change, which forcing them to encroach in the community conserved areas. The effect of these challenges includes massive death of livestock due to prolonged drought that affect pastures and water availability. Weak and disconnected land use plan from village at upper and downstream at the Lake shore villages, required to support joint management for Lake Natron conservation also contribute to the problem.

EECDI through this project is therefore aim at strengthening conservation initiatives of the endangered resources at the upper catchments as well as alongside the Lakeshore, by strengthening governance Institutions of the two communities and conservation of the biodiversity of Lake Natron ecosystems. The project activities will involve six villages of Engare-sero, Pinyiny and Magadini at the Lakeshore and Digodigo, Muhola and Samunge villages at Butemine valley. The survival of Lake Natron ecosystems and biodiversity its catchment areas, depends on water and forest management in the upper steam villages. The livelihoods and social values motivated the targeted community at down and upper stream to collectively promote conservation of Lake Natron catchment areas through water management and forest conservation. EECDI through this project will use an opportunity of strengthen Butemine traditional systems that promotes forest and water resources use.

About the Proponent:
Engare-sero Eramatare Community Development Initiative (EECDI) is a community based organization working to support Lake Natron conservation and socio-economic activities in Engare-sero village. EECDI has been coordinating tourism activities by linking the tourism development with environment and social development. Through this project in collaboration with other partners such as UCRT, EECDI will continues to strengthen working with community and support both social, economic and environmental conservation of all the catchment areas alongside Lake Natron. The Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT); is a Tanzania grassroots, based organization (NGOs) with a 20-year experience working on land and natural resources management in Northern Tanzania rangeland (Arusha + Manyara Regions). UCRT targeting indigenous pastoralists, hunter-gatherer communities and management of their landscape; which support full range of products and ecosystem services needed for human well-being and environmental resilience. The role of UCRT in this project will be to strengthen the capacity of EECDI, in terms of improving financial management systems, leadership capacity and project operational plans to ensure positives results of this project.

Project’s Primary Objectives:
• Mapping and secure endangered water catchments areas in Lake Natron catchment villages
• Support women and youth income generating through beekeeping, sustainable garden and tourism activities in Lake Natron targeted villages.
• Facilitate establishment of a co-management structure of Traditional Institutions to oversee conservation and development waters resource and connected resource use in Lake Natron catchment villages.
• Document lesson learned from this project
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Project Snapshot

Engaresero Eramatare Community Development Initiative
Area Of Work:
Operational Phase:
OP6 - Y5 (Jul 19-Jun 20)
Grant Amount:
US$ 21,187.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 2,118.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,236.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr. Laibanguti Lekitony Moson
Phone: 0683-69555
Email: engareserotourism@gmail.com


Box 12
Loliondo , Longido , +255

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Nehemiah Kaitila Murusuri
(225-22) 2112799-801
(225-22) 2113272


UNDP P.O. Box 9182
Dar es Salaam, Dar es salaam Region, 255-22