The Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority operates under an Act of Parliament, the Parks and Wildlife Act of 1975.
The Authority manages one of the largest estates in the country, about 5 million hectares of land or 13% of Zimbabwe's total land area. It should be noted that most of the Parks are located in Ecological Regions Four and Five or rugged mountainous areas which would not have much economic alternative use.
The Authority has a mandate to manage the entire wildlife population of Zimbabwe, whether on private or communal lands. Private landowners can utilize the wildlife on their land but are still accountable to the Authority for the welfare of the animals.
Mandated with the protection, management and administration of the wildlife of Zimbabwe, the Authority has had a proud history of sound management that endeavors to preserve the unique flora and fauna heritage of Zimbabwe.
Parks & Wildlife Estate Of Zimbabwe
These are areas managed and run by the Authority and provide visitors with leisure and accommodation facilities such as lodges, chalets, cottages, caravan sites, camping sites and picnic areas. No hunting is allowed in the National Parks as the Authority endeavors to preserve the pristine and original nature of these areas. Zimbabwe has eleven National Parks, each of which offers vastly contrasting and fulfilling wilderness experiences. The Parks are located around the country and the visitor can look forward to a wide variety of scenic, cultural and wildlife activities.
Recreational Parks are always located and centered on and around national lakes, dams or water bodies. The Authority is mandated with the managing of the country's aquatic life, flora and fauna within the parks as well as to monitor the impact of recreational activities on the environment.
Botanical Gardens & Reserves
Botanic Gardens are areas where indigenous and exotic plant species are protected and propagated.
Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve
Ewanrigg Botanical Garden
Haroni/ Rusitu Botanical Gardens
Vumba Botanical Garden & Reserve
Controlled hunting is permitted in some areas of the Parks and Wildlife Estate. Hunting is controlled through a comprehensive quota system that allows for sustainable and non-destructive hunting. These areas are separate from Recreational Parks, National Parks and Sanctuaries, thereby reducing conflicting resource usage.
TO BE THE WORLD LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION
To conserve Zimbabwe's wildlife heritage through effective, efficient and sustainable sutilisation of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations and stakeholders.
• IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Headquarters consists mainly of the following departments:
SPEECH BY HON F.D.C NHEMA (MP) AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY AT MUSHANDIKE COLLEGE OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON SEPTEMBER 3 2010.
Today marks the 4th graduation ceremony of Mushandike College of Wildlife Management since its re-opening in 2004. The major reason behind re-opening of the college was and still is, to equip Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on behalf of the nation, with highly skilled graduates who are able to effectively discharge the organization's conservation mandate.Â
The Authority's mandate is to conserve flora and fauna which in itself is a big challenge hence the need to have highly skilled and trained personnel to satisfy the demands and dictates of the conservation practices and environment. The Authority's vision "To Be The World Leader In Sustainable Conservation" can only be achieved through an adequate supply of highly skilled and trained officers.
The breath and depth of the subjects offered here at Mushandike College is a reflection of the diversity of challenges faced by the Authority as it converts its needs into training programmes.Â I am informed that your curriculum covered subjects such as Wildlife Management, Community Based Natural Resources Management and Law Enforcement at various levels. This was all done to ensure that you are adequately equipped to address various challenges at the workplace.
Effective protection of wildlife goes well beyond the use of the gun and patrols in the bush but relies also on your ability to engage local communities in wildlife management issues. Issues of community participation in wildlife need no emphasis as it has been proven that their involvement in planning and decision making remarkably reduces human wildlife conflicts.
Part of your training covered Entrepreneurship Skills Development hence; you are encouraged to be entrepreneurial in your approach to work. This has become essential now that the Authority no-longer depends on the fiscus for funding, but is expected to sustain its activities. The need for you to continue looking for ways of raising revenue and cutting costs without compromising conservation is, therefore, critical. I am well aware that you are under-equipped to effectively carry out you operational duties, but this should not in any way stop you from doing your best to protect our wildlife resource which is now under great threat.
As officers your responsibilities go beyond just protecting flora and fauna but also as I said earlier engaging the generality of the Zimbabwean populace in matters of conservation. My Ministry and the Board place the hope of revolutionizing conservation practices through the skills and knowledge you acquired during training.I sincerely would like to encourage the college to be innovative and resourceful in terms of resource mobilization as well as providing modern day conservation practices to mitigate against the wanton destruction of our wildlife and environmental resources.
One day this college will be turned into a fully fletched wildlife management and conservation university or at least becoming a compass of an existing university
In conclusion, as uniformed paramilitary staff discipline is expected to be shown in all circumstances as you continue in combating issues such as poaching, veld fires and spearheading the formation of wildlife conservation community clusters.
I WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR CAREER. I THANK YOU.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Headquarters management consists of the following: