WWF Zimbabwe Country Office has been working within Zimbabwe since 1985. The vision of the office is, "To become a respected leader in conservation in places that matter to Zimbabweans and the WWF network."
Zimbabwe has vast experience in the sustainable use of natural resources and was the first country in Africa to develop an alternative approach to the management of wildlife outside protected areas using community based natural resources management approaches. The goal of the office is to "Contribute to the creation of a Zimbabwe with well managed networks of wild areas that co-exist with a society thriving on a sustainable natural resource based economy”.
The office's Conservation Strategy covers four thematic areas namely; wildlife and protected areas management; forestry and landscape management; wetlands management; and renewable energy solutions.
Priority placesZimbabwe lies within the Miombo Eco-region and 65% of the country is covered by the Miombo woodlands. Within this the priority transboundary areas that 80% of our work occurs in are:
- Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Trans-Frontier Conservation Area;
- South East Lowveld; and
- Greater Mapungubwe/Shashe
SpeciesZimbabwe is home to around 84 000 elephants, the third largest elephant population in the world. It also has the third largest total numbers of rhino in southern Africa (Excluding South Africa) and the third largest individual black rhino population in the world. These are under severe pressure from illegal killing and wildlife trade.
- Agricultural expansion is one of our footprint priorities especially by smallholder farmers who rely on dry land farming for survival. This contributes to wildlife habitat loss and extensive deforestation; and the loss of key ecosystems function and services.
- Illegal wildlife trade. In 2013 Zimbabwe lost 100 elephants by the poisoning of salt licks with cyanide in Hwange National park. In July 2013 447 kg of ivory from Zimbabwe was seized at Dubai International airport.
- Over reliance on biomass with 61% of the county's total energy supply coming from wood.
Additional sources of expertise
- Community based natural resource management (CBNRM)
- Experience with trans-boundary projects
- Influencing policy discourse through partnerships and direct government engagement and support