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What has been learnt so far in the course of revising national biodiversity strategies and actions plans (NBSAPs)? …

What has been learnt so far in the course of revising national biodiversity strategies and actions plans (NBSAPs)?

On 12 November 2013, representatives from Botwana presented their key lessons at a side event to the Convention on Biological Diversity global workshop in Nairobi.

Dineo Gaborekwe from Botswana stressed the importance of:

* Wide consultation and dialogue with principal stakeholders
* Taking a multi-sectoral approach, and
* Using a range of methods such as environmental impact assessment to gather evidence and build a strong case for mainstreaming.

More details: www.iied.org/nbsaps.

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  • 1. Mainstreaming Experiences and Lessons Learned From NBSAP 2.0 Project: Botswana
  • 2. Background • USD 637,008.00 project with financing from: – GEF at USD 207, 000.00 – Government of Botswana at USD 265, 008.00 in cash; and USD 120, 000.00 in- kind – UNDP at USD 165, 000.00 • Additional support for the NBSAP Review under the UNEP-WCMC NBSAP 2.0 Project on Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development
  • 3. NBSAP Review status • Engaged Ecosurv Environmental Consultants • National Consultative workshop • Inception Report developed • Stocktaking on-going • Drafting Communication Strategy and Capacity Enhancement and Building Strategy
  • 4. NBSAP Review status… • Stakeholder consultation and data collection on-going – Initial contact with District Development Committees – Focus group discussion • Central government • NGOs and Research groups • Agricultural Sector – Key stakeholder interviews in District offices (dry-land ecosystem)
  • 5. Current Data sources • Trends in Species of Concern • Valuation studies – MFMP – ODMP • Key on-going research/projects – Scoping Study for a Public Expenditure Review for the Environment and Natural Resources sector – NSSD – Vision 2016 and Beyond – WAVES
  • 6. Current Data sources… • Existing Legal frameworks – National Conservation Strategy - National Policy on Natural Resources Conservation and Development – National Policy on Agricultural Development – Strategy for Economic Diversification and Sustainable Growth – Wildlife Conservation Policy – National Forest Policy – Waste Management Strategy – CBNRM Policy
  • 7. WWF Eco-regions in Botswana
  • 8. Lessons learnt mainstreaming • Mainstreaming to External Stakeholders should start internally – Packaging ALL environmental related products to ensure comprehensive uptake of issues: Development of a Biodiversity Business case • Requires consultation, Dialogue and Integration • Multi-sectoral approach works: NBDA – Various methods, at varying intervals • EIA process • Environmental Education
  • 9. Lessons learnt mainstreaming • NBSAP Review – Consult out of the norm stakeholders i.e. beyond env. Ministries or natural resources dept. • Look into livelihood options as key users of biodiversity (arable agriculture, fishing etc) • Promote feasible, acceptable and sustainable alternatives to livelihoods (based on the users guide, supported by traditional or local knowledge) • Tap into abundant materials and resources (solar) • Facilitate for an enabling policy environment for implementation
  • 10. Completion of the NBSAP Review project and associated deliverables expected by end of April 2014. CONCLUSION
  • 11. Thank you Dineo D. Gaborekwe Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Department of Environmental Affairs Botswana Phone: (+267) 3902050/ 3644635 Fax: (+267) 3902051/ 3914687 Email: ddoitsile@gov.bw