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Biological diversity in Namibia. A country study

Biological diversity in Namibia. A country study

An attractive environmental country study with countless photos about the biological diversity in Namibia.
Barnard, Phoebe

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Book title: Biological diversity in Namibia
Subtitle: A country study
Editor: Phoebe Barnard
Namibian National Biodiversity Task Force
Windhoek, Namibia 1998
ISBN 0869764365 / ISBN 0-86976-436-5
Softcover, 21 x 30 cm, 325 pages, numerous colour photos, diagrammes and tables


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About: Biological diversity in Namibia. A country study

Namibia is one of the world's driest countries, skirted by the Namib and Kalahari Deserts and desiccated by the interplay of winds off the cold Atlantic and the hot southern African basin. It is therefore a nation with unusual and impressive habitats and species, many of them unique to the country or to the southwestern African arid zone. Biological Diversity in Namibia summarises what is currently known of the country's biological diversity at the habitat, species and genetic levels, and how this diversity can be effectively safe-guarded through economic valuation, legislative protection, and policy reform. It is a national assessment, funded by the United Nations Environment Programme and Global Environmental Facility in order to aid Namibia's process of implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Chapter 1 is a brief portrayal of the country, its biophysical and socioeconomic environments, and its history of resource conflict and rise to political self-determination.

Chapter 2 follows with a detailed account of the country's terrestrial and freshwater diversity at the habitat, species and genetic levels.

Chapter 3 shows that this marine system features low species richness, but high abundance, in many taxa.

Chapter 4 outlines imaginative strategies which can turn these constraints into significant assets for the country, particularly in the spheres of ecotourism and other forms of wildlife use.

Chapter 5 outlines the development of a revised legislative framework to safeguard Namibia's environment, including its biological diversity.

As Chapter 6 concludes, these include the need for better and more accessible basic information on biological diversity; more focused analysis and prioritisation of conservation needs; more explicit data relating to the current harvesting levels of biological resources, and measures to put this harvesting on a sustainable footing; monitoring and evaluation of the biodiversity conservation implications of land use systems in Namibia.