Zimbabwe Institute of Regional and Urban Planners
The organization is a professional institute for qualified planners in the country. It was started as a branch of the Royal Planning Institute of the United Kingdom during the colonial era. As the number of planners increased in Zimbabwe after independence it was agreed that members also form a local chapter in 1982 and the then Minister of Local Government, the late Edison Zvobgo was its first patron. Subsequent patrons have always been the sitting ministers of local government. The institute focuses on capacity building for planners and creates a platform for exchange of professional ideas amongst the planners. Environmental management is one of the key areas of focus and emphasis is placed on capacitating planners who were trained before environmental issues like environmental impact assessments and public consultations in developments were part of the curriculum so that they can adapt and use these new skills in their work.