Botswana has been taking aggressive action to tackle threats to its biodiversity from climate change, land degradation, invasive species, pollution, and overexploitation of natural resources, according to authorities.
Philda Kereng, the minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, said Sunday the five major threats to the country’s biodiversity have motivated government to spring into action. “Botswana has put in place policy measures to mitigate the threats include among others the Forestry Policy, Climate Change Policy, Climate Change National Adaptation Plan Framework and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan,” said Kereng, highlighting Botswana’s decision to declare 41 percent of its land cover as protected areas including parks, game and forest reserves, as well as sanctuaries.
Botswana’s increased biodiversity sustainability appetite comes as the world commemorates the protection of biology this year under the theme: We’re Part Of Solution
Botswana remains committed to preserving its biodiversity and ensuring that future generations of Batswana will continue to benefit from the country’s resources and related ecosystem services such as water, food, medicine, shelter and energy, said the official, noting that they would achieve the success of the effort through cooperation, partnership and involvement of all members of society.