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Note: The objectives are as they appear in the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan from Botswana found on the cbd.int/doc/world/bw/bw-nbsap-01-en.pdf link.

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Introduction

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Botswana has developed and progressed to the status of a middle income country mainly through mining and exportation of diamonds.  Diamonds are the main source of revenue for Botswana and have financed infrastructural development, health, education and human resource development capacity.  Though diamonds have created wealth for the country, there remains a challenge for the country to diversify its economy in order to reduce its dependence on diamonds which is a finite resource.  Recognizing this challenge, the government has over the years developed initiatives to diversify the economy as well as enhancing the competitiveness of Botswana in the global market.  One of the identified areas of focus is science, technology and innovation.

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