The RSPB's support has been critical to BirdLife Zimbabwe's survival in the turbulent years since 2000. Once Zimbabwe regains economic and political stability, BLZ will be in a strong position to be at the forefront of national bird conservation.
The RSPB has supported BirdLife Zimbabwe since 1999, initially through a contract to research ecotourism experiences in Zimbabwe which might have helped inform actions both for BLZ and elsewhere. However, the political and economic problems in the country rendered this impossible. Since 2000, RSPB has provided core support to the institutional development of BLZ, including assisting to develop a series of Strategic Plans for the organisation.
BLZ's fundamental purpose is to promote the survival of birdlife in Zimbabwe and elsewhere for its intrinsic value, and the enjoyment of future generations. Its major objectives are to conserve birds and their habitats, to increase awareness and enjoyment of birds through education and training and to use and develop a proven and professional base for the research and study of birds and their habitats.
The RSPB has assisted BLZ through funding of its core programme and offering a range of training, institutional development support, technical and managerial advice and joint fundraising. RSPB is committed to continuing to assist BLZ to achieve an effective conservation programme and organisational and financial stability.