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Botswana - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Botswana is made up of seven distinct eco-regions (Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea Woodlands, Southern African Bushveld, Zambezian Baikiaea Woodlands, Zambezian and Mopane Woodlands, Zambezian flooded grasslands, Zambezian Halophytics and Kalahari Xerix Savannah)... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The main threat to biodiversity in Botswana is habitat reduction/destruction and barriers to species movement, although the scale of these threats is dependent on location... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Botswana developed a National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan between 2002 and 2004 which was revised in 2007 and established 11 targets, of which none were fully achieved, although at least some progress was made towards all of them... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Through the recognition of the immense value of environmental resources, and the national asset they constitute, good efforts are being taken by the Government of Botswana to try and achieve the 2020 targets... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Botswana has comprehensive environmental legislation, mainly built around the tourism industry and designed to protect environmental assets. The Environmental Impact Assessment Act (2005) makes explicit provisions to ensure that biodiversity issues are addressed in all EIAs... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Although wildlife monitoring is done routinely for birds and wildlife within the National Parks, most taxonomic groups are overlooked. In addition, the majority of the ecological research and monitoring exercises are conducted by academic institutions and private research institutions... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Botshabelo Othusitse
CBD Primary NFP, ICNP ABS NFP
Mrs. Dineo Dinah Gaborekwe
SBSTTA NFP, ABS Competent National Authorities
Mrs. M. Manthe-Tsuaneng
GSPC NFP
Mr. Dikeme Kgaodi
CHM NFP, CHM Informal Advisory Committee
Mr. Botshabelo Othusitse
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Botshabelo Othusitse
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Dr. Pharaoh O.P. Mosupi
BCH NFP

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