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Department of Meteorological Services, DMS

Department of Meteorological Services is the National Meteorological Service of Botswana. The Director of DMS is the Permanent Representative of Botswana with WMO.

The Department of Meteorological Services of Botswana has grown very rapidly in recent years. The Government has been investing considerable resources in the Department, and there has also been some assistance from other UN projects and bilateral arrangements. The Project has contributed significantly to making the DMS one of the strongest Meteorological Services in the region. The improved data coverage through a dense observational network and the effective use of the CLICOM system has enabled DMS to prepare and issue high-quality advisories for water resource management and for drought monitoring. The Department now issues regular and timely bulletins.

The economy of Botswana is the fastest growing in the region, but it relies heavily on mining and animal husbandry. The larger part of the country is arid or semi-arid and rainfall is a limiting factor in the development of agriculture and other economic activities. The Department of Meteorological Services is now better prepared to provide the necessary technical support for the efforts by the Government to overcome problems brought about by weather and climate, and ultimately to expand and diversify the countryĺs economy. DMS is already providing assistance to the efforts to identify suitable areas for the introduction of new species of crops. It is also providing data for the assessment and exploitation of solar and wind energies.

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