Principle 10 National Profile and Action Plan Project in Botswana
The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism of Botswana and UNITAR signed a Memorandum of Agreement concerning the project “Preparation of a National Profile and Action Plan to Implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration” in March 2009.
The national project coordinator is Mr. Stevie Monna, Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs, with Mrs. Arabang Kanego, Chief Natural Resource Officer, serving as focal point. A National Coordinating team was established to guide and oversee project implementation.
A National Profile to assess Botswana’s capacities for implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration was completed in January 2011. Regarding access to environmental justice, the study highlighted that there is no court specifically designated to determine disputes with an environmental dimension and that existing environmental laws lack effective implementation and monitoring. Access to environmental information is available but often inadequate as its dissemination is frequently not timely, regular and transparent. Positive examples of public participation in environmental decision-making processes exist. However, the level of participation which is determined by factors such as capacity building activities and the inclusiveness of the participation process was considered rather unsatisfactory.
A National Priority Setting Workshop on Principle 10 Implementation took place from 3-4 November 2010 in Gaborone. More than 80 participants from different governmental and non-governmental organizations attended the workshop. After reviewing and endorsing the National Profile, participants identified national priority issues and ranked them according to the level of concern. Botswana priority issues include:
- address the lack of legislation on access to environmental information,
- the shortcomings of the actual information dissemination methods,
- the fragmentation of environmental law,
- the lack of skilled personnel,
- as well as the obstacles to public participation caused by the traditional system of decision-making.
Specific activities to address these priorities were identified to inform the development of the Action Plan. In his concluding remarks Mr. Stevie Monna, Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs, pointed out that proposals made at the workshop would be incorporated into the Ministerial strategy for attaining the Millennium Development Goals under Botswana’s Vision 2016. [read more]
- National Planning Workshop report
- National Coordination Team members’ list
- National Priority Setting Workshop report
- National Profile