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 The tourism industry in Botswana largely depends on it the country's rich biodiversity especially in Protected Areas.

Our work focuses on promoting inclusiveness in environmental policies through improved access to information for decision-making; enhanced government, civil society and private sector capacity to coordinate, monitor and report on implementation of natural resource management policies; and mainstreaming environmental concerns into national development and poverty reduction frameworks. We focus on strengthening the capacity of women and youth in rural communities to participate in planning, formulating and managing natural resource strategies. We provide support towards developing and implementing integrated water resource management plans and manage trans-boundary waters.

In addressing local impacts of climate change while contributing to global efforts we support the government in (a) developing sector capacities to assess and monitor the impact of climate change; (b) formulating multi-sector adaptation and mitigation responses; and (c) expanding access to alternative and cleaner energy sources.

Botswana has developed policies, strategies and plans that support the conservation and protection of natural resources, and is putting efforts into the domestication and mainstreaming of global multilateral environmental agreements and protocols through national legislative framework and policies. During the Mid-Term Review of the 10th National Development Plan (NDP10), three national priority areas were identified in the environment field. These are: Pollution Prevention and Control; Sustainable Utilisation of Natural and Cultural Resources; and Climate Change/Global Warming.

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