Zimbabwe will receive $10.1 million under the Global Environment Facility to strengthen biodiversity and ecosystems management in the mid to lower Zambezi region of the country.

Permanent Secretary for Environment, Water and Climate Ambassador Grace Tsitsi Mutandiro said the project will cost $52 million in total with co-funding from the United Nations Development Programme, co-financing from government and other development partners.

“The objective is 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,” she said.

The project covers nearly two million hectares stretching from the northern part of Zimbabwe at the border with Zambia and Mozambique, parts of Hurungwe, Mbire and Muzarabani districts.

The area is a UNESCO world heritage site and a designated wetland area that has international importance especially the Mana Pools National Park.