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First published in 2022 by Namibia Nature Foundation
76 & 78 Frans Indongo Street, Windhoek
PO Box 245, Windhoek, Namibia

Project management: Martin Mendelsohn and John Mendelsohn
Project support: Ongava Research Centre
Financial management: Namibia Nature Foundation
Project funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Compiling authors and editors, in alphabetical order: Alice Jarvis, John Mendelsohn, Martin Mendelsohn, Tony Robertson

Copy-editor: Carole Roberts
Design and layout, including cover: Carmen Begley
Printing and binding: John Meinert (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek
Illustrations: Jana Annandale, Carmen Begley, John Mendelsohn, Martin Mendelsohn
Maps and graphs: Alice Jarvis unless otherwise noted

© published edition, text and maps, Namibia Nature Foundation
© images and photographs, held by the individual institutions and photographers listed on page 384–387

This Atlas has been realised with support from the Biodiversity Management and Climate Change (BMCC) and Climate Change and Inclusive Use of Natural Resources (CCIU) Projects of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, implemented on behalf of and in close coordination with the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Special gratitude goes to the organisations and people who provide great volumes of satellite images and other data to the world for free, such as Google Earth, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Microsoft's Bing aerial imagery. Many of their products are reproduced in this Atlas.

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The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use.

Disclaimer: The publisher, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. The publisher, authors and editors do not give a warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Suggested reference to book: Atlas of Namibia Team, 2022, Atlas of Namibia: its land, water and life, Namibia Nature Foundation, Windhoek

Suggested reference to page [or pages]: Atlas of Namibia Team, 2022, Atlas of Namibia: its land, water and life, Namibia Nature Foundation, Windhoek, pp. 60–65 (for example)


ISBN: 978-9945-53-46-4