Over the years, the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, a biodiversity hotspot part of the Eastern Afromontane region, has seen an increase in human activities such as agriculture, illegal mining and introduction of invasive species.
Leading to land degradation, water pollution and other negative environmental consequences, these anthropogenic activities negatively impact the quality of aquatic habitats and biodiversity in the region, which harbors several freshwater species of conservation interest, such as birds, invertebrates, fish and amphibians, whose numbers and distribution are unknown.
While the longterm effects of antropogenic activities on wetland biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in the region are unknown, data from previous surveys remain inaccessibile, rendering relevant policy and decision making difficult.
Lead by the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe this project seeks to mobilize the much required data on freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and through use of biodiversity informatics tools, identify the important sites for conservation with a focus on fish, invertebrates, amphibians and birds in the region.
The output from the project will inform policymakers and help wildlife managers, researcers and conservationists target their resources and conservation efforts to protect wetland biodiversity.