The Kesho Trust

Our mandate

IMG_1136 ccThe Enguserosambu Forest Conservation and Development Trust is a registered charitable, independent, non-partisan, voluntary community-based organization in Enguserosambu Village, Tanzania with an elected board of directors from the four villages that reside within the forest. Eleven board members, a coordinator and a community liaison officer are committed to implementing the Trust’s mandate on behalf of the Maasai.

The Trust’s vision is:

  • to be a model of conservation for community-based forest management throughout Tanzania and the rest of the world and protect and secure Maasai cultural identity and a sustainable way of life for future generations of Maasai.

The Trust’s management goal is:

  • to manage the Enguserosambu Community Forest sustainably to protect Maasai pastoralism and the underlying forest ecosystems and biodiversity that Maasai culture and livelihoods are dependent upon and the wildlife with which Maasai coexist.

The mandate of The Enguserosambu Community Forest Trust is:

  • to prepare a forest lands resource assessment needs to determine the current condition of the resources and their use;
  • to develop a forest lands management plan with clear zones that reflect use and management according to the importance of the forest lands to the communities and the Loliondo area at large;
  • to generate by-laws that will be used to regulate the use of and manage the resources of the forest lands;
  • to enforce by-laws ensuring the appropriate use of the forest lands according to the management plan; and,
  • to promote community awareness of and commitment to the forest lands as a preserve of the Maasai culture and traditions.

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Enguserosambu Forest Trust (EFT)