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Patience Gandiwa has 14 years of relevant working experience ranging from conservation science, project monitoring and evaluation, implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements, transboundary conservation & tourism initiatives, administration of partnerships for sustainable development. Patience has also written several technical reports from national, regional and contributing to global assessment reports.

She significantly contributed to the review and writing of 4 Protected Area Management Plans in Zimbabwe and has worked with non-governmental international organisations. Patience is involved in the coordination of the Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) programmme comprising 6 TFCAs where Zimbabwe is a partner country. In addition, she is actively involved in the implementation of various international environmental treaties, particularly the Convention on International Trade for Endangered Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) where she serves as National Focal Person. Patience is member is the National Steering Committee fort he Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (since 2018) and she recdntly assumed an oversight role on Compliance issues within ZimParks Directorate, in addition to her Technical Advisory responsibilities.

As a seasoned Ecologist, Patience has published 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 2 Book Chapters in diverse fields of/related to conservation since 2007. Patience was appointed to the and is a member of various professional and technical advisory bodies within the SADC region and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) expert groups. She is also a reciepient of 2 pan-African Awards in 2017 and 2018, consecutively.

Patience’s career goal is to contribute to the national, regional and global efforts for biodiversity conservation and management of natural ecosystems. She has passion for science-driven transboundary conservation initiatives and contributing to the effective implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.