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Greening Tsodilo Hills eco-tourism venture through the use of renewable energy (Botswana)


Titre : Greening Tsodilo Hills eco-tourism venture through the use of renewable energy (Botswana)

Pays : Botswana

Numéro projet : BOT/SGP/OP5/STAR/CC/14/01

Domaine : Climate Change Mitigation

Durée : 6/2014 — 12/2015

Bénéficiaire : Tsodilo Community Development Trust

The proposed project is located at Tsodilo, a remote settlement within the Okavango Sub-District in an area commonly referred to as NG6. The primary inhabitants of the area are the Ju/’hoansi San and HaMbukushu.
Tsodilo has been declared as a protected site under the “Monuments and Relics Act” of Botswana and has been so since 1927. It has also been declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 under the World Heritage Convention due to its archaeological significance as one of the most important rock art sites in Southern Africa. The project site is also important as it falls within the larger Okavango Delta Ramsar Site ecological system. In order to maintain the ecological and archaeological integrity of the site the Tsodilo Integrated Management Plan and the Core Area Management plan were developed so as to guide all the developments and to ensure that such do not negatively impact the area.
It is upon this background that the Tsodilo Community Development project was initiated. The main object of this project is “to ensure the successful long-term management of the Tsodilo World Heritage Site through equitable benefit sharing and sustainable management of the area”. Of paramount importance has been the need for the organization of the community through involvement, employment and the conservation of flora and fauna through the development of tourism.
The greatest environmental challenge experienced by the project has been the development of effective eco-friendly heating and sewage disposal systems in conformity with stipulated Environmental Impact Assessment Act (2005) requirements and set International Standards. This problem is compounded by the lack of requisite infrastructure to undertake such, including grid electricity and sewage disposal systems in the area. It is upon this background that this funding application is made. If successful funds will be used to identify and buy ecologically and environmentally friendly technologies (already available on the market) that will mitigate loss of vegetation and ground and surface water contamination. This proposed project is therefore relevant to the GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy as it seeks to address critical environmental areas of use of renewable energy in line with the Climate Change focal area.

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme)  : US$ 37,290.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 3,460.21
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 1,153.40

GEF Small Grants Programme

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