Eco-boma: A climate resilient model for Maasai steppe pastoralists

A project to increase vulnerable Tanzanian communities' capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas.

Responding to Climate Change impacts and fighting poverty in the Maasai steppe, Northern Tanzania

Istituto Oikos, in partnership with Meru District Council and Arusha District Council, has outlined the ECO-BOMA project to strengthen local capacities to respond to Climate Change effects, also integrating traditional coping strategies and promoting sustainable management of ecosystem services. The Maasai communities of the Wards of Oldonyosambu, Oldonyowas and Uwiro (2000 families of pastoralists and agro-pastoralist living in about 250 boma) will finally benefit of this intervention.

Ecosystem services

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Micro Economies

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The capacity of existing water storage systems will be expanded up to 40,000 m3, in order to increase access to safe water and adapting to use a more integrated water system to provide drinking water for humans and livestock.

Institutional Capacity Building

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Knowledge Raising

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At least 20 biogas plants and 1,000 Solar Bottle Lamps will be installed. In order to facilitate the diffusion of the Biogas technology the project trains local technicians able to install biogas plants, suggest the right way for introduce the Solar Bottle lamps and efficient charcoal kilns in the bomas.


A raising awareness campaign, disseminating key information on climate change, coping strategies and adaptation measures, will reach 20,000 people. A communication plan will be designed for sharing and results, best practices and opportunities raised from the project.


2,000 families of pastoralists and agro-pastoralist living in about 250 bomas are involved in the project. They are actively involved in the initiative, working with the project's staff in order to design together sustainable strategies to face climate change.