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Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action in Botswana

Climate change presents a very real challenge to Botswana’s continued development and relative prosperity. The report examines the extent to which adaptation actions are being taken by Botswana to meet this challenge.

The country’s climate vulnerability is closely tied to its existing high level of water scarcity. As such, the government of Botswana has identified five key sectors as particularly vulnerable: water, health, crops, grasslands and livestock and forestry. However, the government does not consider climate change a national priority, and the subsequent lack of guiding policy, legislation and strategy on responding to the impacts of climate change, as well as a dearth of adaptation programs and projects within the country, will only exacerbate existing and expected climate-related threats. This report explores these issues in greater depth. It is one in a series of country reviews prepared by IISD to provide the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) with a snapshot of adaptation action in its countries of engagement.