WWF began operations in Zimbabwe in 1983. Between 2000-2009 the Zimbabwe WWF office evolved into the Southern African Regional Programme Office (SARPO). Due to restructuring within the network it has transformed into a country office.
WWF-Zimbabwe falls within the Miombo Eco-region one of the 35 eco-regions/ priority places for WWF. It is home to two of WWF's flagship species; elephant and rhino with the second largest elephant population in the world. The country is also apart of the Kavongo-Zambezi (KAZA) Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (TFCA), which is the largest TFCA in the world incorporating five countries; Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswanna, and Angola.
The office provides science-based evidence through our projects and partners that can influence global policy discourse and action on our two flagship species and on land use in globally important landscapes. The office is also working on local policy issues sourrounding the management of protected areas, wetlands and livelihoods.
Current programmes/projects running are:
Miombo Eco-region programme
Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) programme
Hwange Sanyati Biological Corridor (HSBC) project
Bio-fuels policies and practices for sustainable socio-economic development in Zimbabwe.
An elephant in one of Zimbabwe's protected areas
Community members of Mutoko District, one of the areas where WWF is running their Bio-fuels policies and practices for sustainable socio-economic development project, which is being funded by the European Commission.