Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and Mitigation in Botswana’s Communal Rangelands

Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and Mitigation in Botswana’s Communal Rangelands

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 19 Mar 2021 at B.28
  • Est. completion 01 Jun 2030
  • ESS Category Category B

While raising livestock forms the cultural and economic bedrocks of many communities in Botswana, this practice is becoming increasingly affected by climate change. With rising temperatures and more erratic rainfall, livestock are increasingly moving into wildlife areas to search for water and fodder. This leads to increasing contact between domestic cattle and wild buffalo with infectious foot-and-mouth disease.

This project will restore vegetation in communal grazing lands that are particularly impacted by climate change. The restoration and management of grazing vegetation will increase the amount of moisture held by the soil. This will make cattle- raising more resilient to drought, while at the same time enhancing soil carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


21 Oct 2017 - 1246 days

Concept note received

21 Oct 2017

Funding proposal received

23 Apr 2020

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

16 Dec 2020

Cleared by iTAP

23 Feb 2021

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

16 Mar 2021


19 Mar 2021 - 258 days

Approved by GCF Board

19 Mar 2021

FAA executed

15 Sep 2021

Under implementation

01 Dec 2021 - 934 days so far

FAA effective

01 Dec 2021

Disbursement - USD 1,900,000

03 Feb 2022

Disbursement - USD 4,800,000

10 Aug 2023

To be completed

01 Jun 2030 - 2,172 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing18% disbursed

GrantUSD 36,760,394
Total GCF Financing
USD 36,760,394


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 54,013,138
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 6,859,491
Total Co-Financing
USD 60,872,629

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Accredited Entity

Conservation International Foundation
Mr. Steven Panfil

Vice President CI-GCF Agency
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Mr. Robert Merritt

Director, Project Development CI-GCF Agency
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Ms. Keineetse Lepekoane Primary
Director, Development Programmes
Phone +267 3950353
Ms. Catherine Matongo Primary
Chief Economist
Phone +267 398 9990
Ms. Keneilwe Bolebano Primary
Principal Economist
Government Enclave, State Drive,, Gaborone, Botswana
Phone +267 3950378
Ms. Gaanewe Mogotsi Primary
Deputy Director, Development Programmes
Government Enclave, State Drive, P/Bag 008, Goborone, Botswana
Phone +267 3950224