Promoting production and utilization of biomethane from agro-waste in South-Eastern Botswana

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  2. 7.a Enhance cooperation for clean energy research, technology
  3. 8.3 Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies

Project ID: 5299

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy


  • Type: Off-grid, standalone systems
  • Type: On-grid, utility-scale
  • Resource: Waste (agriculture)



Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Technical capacity building
  • Energy finance
  • Alternative energy sources

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 7.a Enhance cooperation for clean energy research, technology
  • 8.3 Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The Botswana National Development Plan 2010-2016 accords priority to transforming agro-waste into biogas. This GEF-financed, UNDP-implemented project will assist the Government of Botswana in meeting this priority through three project components: (i) institutional strengthening and capacity development; (ii) the facilitation and establishment of biogas plants; and (iii) the setting-up of utilisation and knowledge platforms. The outcomes of the project will include the implementation of effective waste-management policies and guidelines with operational regulations; capacity to design and develop biogas projects in South-Eastern Botswana; the first best-practice public-private partnership established; reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (direct and indirect) of 1.65 million tCO2e; and increased incomes through the use of small-scale biogas and bio-fertilizer, especially for women.


To facilitate low-carbon investments and public-private partnerships in the production and utilisation of bio-methane from agro-waste in the districts of South-Eastern Botswana.

USD $2,732,300

Grant amount

USD $16,684,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,732,300)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Botswana

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