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Recently, Botswanaâ's government instituted consultations across the nation in order to cohesively incorporate climate change mitigation practices into the development programs of the country and make the issue a government priority.1 Climate change in Botswana has caused longer droughts, irregular rainfall, and crop diseases throughout the country.2 The entire nation has also experienced water shortages.3 The central focus of the adaptation program is the development of transfer technology, knowledge, and the promotion and education of the public on matters relating to climate change.4 In order to adequately prepare the country, the government has been launching several conferences across Botswana to further education and spread awareness of the negative effects of climate changes.5

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5http://www.bw.undp.org/content/botswana/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/08/28/botswana-gears-up-for-climate-change-embarks-on-preparing-a-policy-response-strategy-and-action-plan-/
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AllAfrica.com 
Francistown — Sua Flamingoes beat Ecco City Greens in their own backyard during the Debswana First Division North (FDN) encounter at the old Francistown stadium on Sunday. Sua Flamingoes netted the only goal of the day through Monametsi Tsapoga ... See more..
Nation News 
BARBADOS NETBALL ASSOCIATION (BNA) president Nisha Craigwell says preparations for the World Under-21 Youth Netball Finals in Botswana in July are going smoothly even though the girls have to practise outdoors for an indoor tournament. See more..
Mmegi Online 
Botswana and Mozambique have signed an agreement under which more electricity will be made available from the coastal nation to plug local supply ... See more..
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ETEnergyworld.com 
GABORONE: Botswana's government on Wednesday granted First Quantum Minerals Ltd and African Energy a tax holiday to build the 450 megawatt (MW) ... See more..
Rapaport 
The Botswana government has awarded six new prospecting licenses to Sunland Minerals, a diamond exploration partnership between Alrosa and Botswana ... See more..
ZimEye - Zimbabwe News 
A Zimbabwean who was flogged in Botswana in Botswana is now paralysed and in a wheelchair. Kgotso Nyathi (22) fears he may never walk again and is ... See more..
Reuters 
Australian-listed coal and energy junior, African Energy, said Botswana's government had granted the joint venture firms a five-year tax break from its first year of commercial operation and a preferential 15 percent company tax rate thereafter ... See more..
Condé Nast Traveler 
Rosamund Pike has spent a busy year shuttling between her home in London and Africa, where she filmed political thriller High Wire Act in Morocco—the latest go-to location for filmmakers (Tangier stands in for Beirut)—and A United Kingdom in Botswana. See more..
Paste Magazine 
In Africa's southern region, Botswana lies sandwiched between Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Perhaps more than most, this country's atmosphere and mood change depending on the region and season. During the wet months, the lush, ... See more..
Tacy 
Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds PLC (BOD) has announced that Sunland Minerals Pty Ltd., its joint venture in Botswana with Russian ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Africa, north of South Africa
Area

Total 581,730 sq km
Land 566,730 sq km
Water 15,000 sq km

Climate

semiarid; warm winters and hot summers
Natural Resources

diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; seasonal August winds blow from the west, carrying sand and dust across the country, which can obscure visibility
Current Environmental Issues

overgrazing; desertification; limited freshwater resources

Demographics

Nationality
Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural)
Population
2,127,825 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Botswana has maintained one of the world's highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966. However, economic growth was negative in 2009, with the industrial sector shrinking by 30%, after the global crisis reduced demand for Botswana's diamonds. Although the economy recovered in 2010, GDP growth has again slowed. Through fiscal discipline and sound management, Botswana transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of $16,800 in 2012. Two major investment services rank Botswana as the best credit risk in Africa. Diamond mining has fueled much of the ...See More expansion and currently accounts for more than one-third of GDP, 70-80% of export earnings, and about one-third of the government's revenues. Botswana's heavy reliance on a single luxury export was a critical factor in the sharp economic contraction of 2009. Tourism, financial services, subsistence farming, and cattle raising are other key sectors. According to official government statistics, unemployment reached 17.8% in 2009, but unofficial estimates run much higher. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is second highest in the world and threatens Botswana's impressive economic gains. An expected leveling off in diamond production within the next two decades overshadows long-term prospects. A major international diamond company signed a 10-year deal with Botswana in 2012 to move its rough stone sorting and trading division from London to Gaborone by the end of 2013. The move may support Botswana's downstream diamond industry. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$32.06 billion (2012 est.); $30.88 billion (2011 est.); $29.39 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

34.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 39.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 37.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts
Industries

diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver; livestock processing; textiles