Strengthening Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management and Climate-Smart Landscapes in the Mid to Lower Zambezi Region of Zimbabwe

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 7, 2018 to August 7, 2024

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  2. 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  3. 15.c Increase local capacity to combat species poaching

Project ID: 5693

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Wildlife conservation
  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Forests
  • Grasslands
  • Conserved areas


  • General
  • Terrestrial protected areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Sustainable land management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Community capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  • 15.c Increase local capacity to combat species poaching

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

Zimbabwe has very high level of biodiversity and is home to all the "Big Five" – African elephant, white and black rhinos, lion, buffalo and leopard. However, it also faces multiple challenges for sustainable development associated with biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, and climate change consequences. This 6-year GEF project focuses on reducing key threats for wildlife, habitat, and livelihoods of local communities (poaching, IWT, deforestation, and impact of climate change) in one of the key biodiversity country's hotspots – Lower Zambezi Valley. The project strategy aims to strengthen the capacities of law enforcement agencies to fight wildlife and forest crime (Component 1); strengthen PA and Community Wildlife Conservancy management for wildlife and woodlands(Component 2); build strong sustainable NRM capacity for local communities and districts in cooperation with private sector (Component 3); and promote effective knowledge management (Component 4) to achieve the project objective: to promote an integrated landscape approach to managing wildlife resources, carbon and ecosystem services in the face of climate change in the protected areas and community lands of the Mid to Lower Zambezi Regions of Zimbabwe. The total project funding is US$ 57,436,964, including GEF contribution of US$ 10,025,964 and co-financing – US$ 47,411,000. This project forms part of the GEF Programmatic Approach to Prevent the Extinction of Known Threatened Species and falls under the GEF Programme Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development (9071). Under this programmatic framework, with the coordination through the programme steering committee, coordinated knowledge management and cross-fertilisation of the individual projects will be assured.

USD $10,155,964

Grant amount

USD $47,411,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($10,155,964)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of MEWC of Environment, Water and Climate (MEWC)

Joint agencies

  • World Bank

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