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Wame L. Hambira, Jarkko Saarinen & Oliver Moses (2020) Climate change policy in a world of uncertainty: changing environment, knowledge, and tourism in Botswana, African Geographical Review, 39:3, 252-266, DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2020.1719366

Climate change policy in a world of uncertainty : changing environment, knowledge, and tourism in Botswana

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Author: Hambira, Wame L.1; Saarinen, Jarkko2,3; Moses, Oliver1
Organizations: 1Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana
2Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Oulu FI-90014, Finland
3School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-03-02


Tourism is an important economic sector in the Global South. It is however vulnerable to the risks and variations associated with global climate change. The paper qualitatively investigates how issues surrounding uncertainty in the climate change discourse have influenced policy makers’ response to climate change in Botswana’s tourism sector. The analysis of the empirical data derived from in-depth interviews demonstrates that some policy makers remain skeptical about climate change and its impacts on tourism despite growing evidence from regional scientific research and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Constraints that hamper progress in policy response measures include inadequate knowledge of, and the extent to which, climate science can be trusted.

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Series: African geographical review
ISSN: 1937-6812
ISSN-E: 2163-2642
ISSN-L: 1937-6812
Volume: 39
Issue: 3
Pages: 252 - 266
DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2020.1719366
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2020 The African Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in African Geographical Review on 30 Jan 2020, available online: