Preparation of Botswana National Climate Change Status report

Project description

Cattle grazing in the Ngamiland District of BotswanaPastoral farming is an important source of wealth and revenue for households and the economy of Botswana. The country is already prone to drought; climate change is likely to will worsen the situation, resulting in reduced pasture available for more the more than 3 million herds of cattle in the country. (Photo: UNDP Botswana)

The project is aimed at preparing Botswana's Second National Communication (SNC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Parties to the Convention are required to submit national reports on implementation of the Convention to the Conference of the Parties (COP). The required contents of national communications and the timetable for their submission are different for Annex I and non-Annex I Parties. This is in accordance with the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" enshrined in the Convention.

Project accomplishments

Botswana 's Second National Communication report was finalised in late 2012 and submitted to the UNFCCC in early 2013. The report highlighted information on emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and details of the activities the ccountry has undertaken to implement the Convention.

The National Communications also contained information on national circumstances related to climate change in terms of; vulnerability assessment, financial resources and transfer of technology, and education, training and public awareness.

Project funding and implementation

The project, which begun in 2005, has been funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and had a total budget of USD405,000. It is implemented through the Department of Meteorological Services under the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism as the Implementing Partner. It is responsible for delivery of the project outputs and the effective use of resources following National Execution (NEX) guidelines and requirements. It is expected to close at the end of 2013.

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