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Zimbabwe - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Fourth National Report



Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Zimbabwe presents a rich diversity of life forms. At species level, the country supports an estimated 4,440 vascular plant species, 214 of which are endemic, 672 bird species, 450 of which breed in Zimbabwe, though none are strictly endemic, 196 mammal species, 156 reptile species, 57 species of amphibians, 132 fish species... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Excessive harvesting for both domestic and commercial uses, as well as conversion of forest areas to agricultural land, pose the threat of deforestation in forest reserves... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

In 1998, the Government of Zimbabwe, in close consultation with key stakeholders, developed the country’s Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. The plan aimed at meeting the needs pointed out in the context of the CBD, including the participation of local communities in biodiversity conservation and the development of research programs and awareness-raising among the various stakeholders... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The country has identified areas of particular importance for biodiversity conservation, with over 832,662 hectares under gazetted forests and 5,403,500 hectares under national parks, safari conservancies and other protected areas... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The legal framework supporting CBD implementation comprises various pieces of national legislation (e.g. National Environmental Policy, Environmental Management Act, Environmental Education Policy, various plans for the National Parks of Gonarezhou, Matopos and Hwange)... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Tools for monitoring and reviewing implementation include the establishment of biodiversity inventory and monitoring programs (World Biodiversity Database, Plant Collection Database, Environmental Impact Assessments to monitor development projects), and the Millennium Development Goals with their associated targets and indicators, two of which are relevant to biodiversity conservation... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. I.D. Kunene
CBD Primary NFP, SBSTTA NFP, GTI NFP
Mr. C. Chipato
CHM NFP
Mr. Gladman Chibememe
Traditional Knowledge NFP
Dr. Claid Mujaju
GSPC NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Dr. Jonathan Mufandaedza
BCH NFP

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