Supporting BirdLife Zimbabwe (BLZ)
Zimbabwe has more than 670 recorded bird species, 10 of which are globally threatened.
- Enable BLZ to identify and further its own strategic objectives as a bird conservation organisation.
- Identify and conserve Zimbabwe's Important Bird Areas. Currently 20 are identified.
- Protect globally threatened and regionally endemic birds. Zimbabwe has 10 globally threatened species.
- Secure project funding from international and national donors.
- Manage conservation and development projects.
- Assist BLZ to continue to develop as an active, membership-based NGO.
- 1998: Publication of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Zimbabwe, as a chapter in the book The IBAs of Southern Africa.
- 1999: RSPB support commences.
- 2002: BLZ becomes a full BirdLife International Partner.
- 2002 (April): Purchase of BLZ office in Harare completed, with funding from Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife Partner in the Netherlands).
- 2004 (April): BLZ secure $35,000 from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for community conservation of Wattled Crane at Driefontein.
- 2004: Jensen Foundation provides grant of $20,000 to purchase part of Monavale Vlei, a wet grassland in a Harare suburb.
- 2005-2007: €30,000 Dutch government grant for work with communities to protect Blue Swallow breeding habitat in the Eastern Highlands.
- Development of organisation from an amateur bird-watching club to a bird conservation organisation with field projects.
- Increase in paid staff from none in 1999 (entirely volunteer run) to nine in 2008.
- Increase in annual turnover to more than £70,000 in the same period, despite economic chaos of the country.
- Around 400 paid-up members in 2008, organised in three active branches: Matabeland (based in Bulawayo); Mashonaland (based in Harare); and Eastern District (based in Mutare).
- Active programme of membership activities (birdwalks, outings, talks etc).
- Regular production of the member newsletter, Babbler, and its distribution in electronic and printed form.
- Publication of scientific journal, Honeyguide.
- Publication of directory of IBAs of Zimbabwe, as a chapter in the book The IBAs of Southern Africa.
- Purchase of BLZ's own headquarters building in Harare.
- Successful implementation of community conservation projects on two globally threatened species: Wattled Crane (VU) at Driefontein and Blue Swallow (VU) in the Eastern Highlands.
- Long-running environmental education programme in schools, with funding from Rio Tinto plc.
- Active branch member projects, eg annual Black Eagle survey in Matopos National Park, conducted by Matabeleland Branch; survey of Swynnerton's Robin (VU) in Eastern Highlands by Eastern Branch.
Species affected (not UK birds)
- Most of Zimbabwe's 80 recorded species of Palearctic migrant come from countries further east in Europe/Asia.
- Zimbabwe has over 670 recorded species, of which 450 breed and 10 are globally threatened.