Strategic Partnerships to improve Financial and Operational Sustainbaility of Protected Areas
The is a four-year project that is aimed at improving the financial and operational sustainability of small but biodiversity-rich Protected Areas (PAs). These are areas are outside the country's three national parks and five game reserves, which together cover 105,000 sq km or 18.5% of the country’s total land surface area.
This project will also pilot the co-management approach to biodiversity conservation and demonstrate the benefits from including non-government entities such as the private sector and communities in managing these PAs.
Project funding and implementation
This is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project and is expected to be be completed at the end of 2013. This project is implemented through through enhanced working partnerships between public, private, NGO and community stakeholders. Started in 2009, the project is implemented by BirdLife Botswana in partnership with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and the Department of Environmental Affairs.