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City of Walvis Bay, Namibia - Biodiversity: an asset for future development. Local action for biodiversity - A series of local cases


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City of Walvis Bay, Namibia - Biodiversity: an asset for future development.

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Walvis Bay is blessed with a rich biodiversity and very special but fragile ecosystems. Its ecosystems comprise the Namib Desert dunes and associated gravel plains, the Walvis Bay coastlinernand lagoon, the ephemeral Kuiseb River Delta and other ecosystems. This presents various development opportunities (e.g. tourism), which simultaneously poses a threat to these local assets. The Municipality of Walvis Bay meets the challenges in controlling human activities impacting on the fragile ecosystems through various environmental management policies, strategies and programs.

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Irwin, M.E. and Kirk-Spriggs, A.H. 1998. Species composition and flight phenology of stiletto flies and window flies occurring along the Kuiseb River, Gobabeb, Namibia. Presented at the IVth International Congress of Dipterology Oxford, England, September 1998
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1998 Report
Jacobson, P.J. and Jacobson, K.M. 2013. Hydrologic controls of physical and ecological processes in Namib Desert ephemeral rivers: Implications for conservation and Management. Journal of Arid Environments, 93: 80–93
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2013 Journal Article1.04 mb pdf
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Cole, M.B. 1994. Distribution Patterns of the Invasive Mexican Thistle, Argemone ochroleuca, in a Namib Desert Riparian ecosystem. Trinews, 13(1): 22-25
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1994 Journal Article1.86 mb pdf
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Van den Eynden, V., Vernemmen, P. and Van Damme, P. 1999. The ethnobotany of the topnaar, pp 3-25, Universiteit Gent
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1999DRFN DLIBBook, Book Section, Booklet1.54 mb pdf
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Eckardt, F.D. and Drake, N. 2011. Introducing the Namib Desert Playas. Sabkha Ecosystems: Tasks for Vegetation Science, 46: 19-25
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2011 Journal Article
Burke, A., Kyläkorpi, L., Rydgren, B. and Schneeweiss, R. 2008. Testing a Scandinavian Biodiversity Assessment Tool in an African Desert Environment. Environmental Management, 42(4): 698-706
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Lalley, J.S. and Viles, H.A. 2008. Recovery of lichen-dominated soil crusts in a hyper-arid desert. Biodiversity and Conservation, 17(1): 1-20
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Kandari, L.S., Kulkarni, M.G. and Van Staden, J. 2012. Germination and growth requirements of Rogeria longiflora - Medicinal plant of the Namib Desert. South African Journal of Botany, 79: 84–90
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2012 Journal Article
Jacob, J., Ward, J.D., Bluck, B.J., Scholz, R.A. and Frimmel, H.E. 2006. Some observations on diamondiferous bedrock gully trapsites on Late Cainozoic, marine-cut platforms of the Sperrgebiet, Namibia. Ore Geology Reviews, 28(4): 493–506
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2006 Journal Article
Stuut, J-B.W. and Lamy, F. 2004. Climate variability at the southern boundaries of the Namib (southwestern Africa) and Atacama (northern Chile) coastal deserts during the last 120,000 yr. Quaternary Research, 62(3): 301–309
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2004 Journal Article
Seely, M. 2014. Living on the edge of a World Heritage Site. The Namib Sand Sea has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site. What does this mean and what next? Gobabeb Times, 9(2): 3-4
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2014 Journal Article399 kb pdf
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Brook, G.A., Srivastava, P. and Marais, E. 2006. Characteristics and OSL minimum ages of relict fluvial deposits near Sossus Vlei, Tsauchab River, Namibia, and a regional climate record for the last 30 ka. Journal of Quaternary Science, 21(4): 347–362
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2006 Journal Article1.14 mb pdf
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Eckardt, F.D. and Kuring, N. 2005. SeaWiFS identifies dust sources in the Namib Desert. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(19): 4159-4167
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2005 Journal Article
Göttsche, F-M., Olesen, F-S. and Bork-Unkelbach, A. 2013. Validation of land surface temperature derived from MSG/SEVIRI with in situ measurements at Gobabeb, Namibia. International Journal of Remote Sensing (Special Issue: Third International Symposium on Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing), 34(9-10): 3069-3083
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Murray, G.W. and Schramm, D. 1987. A Comparative study of the diet of the wedge-snouted sand lizard, Meroles cuneirostris (Strauch), and the sand diving lizard Aporosaura achietae (Bocage), lacertidae, in the Namib desert. Madoqua, 15(1):55-61
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1987 Journal Article501 kb pdf
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Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia, No. 3214, 15 October 1971. Proclamations, No. 82: Nature Conservation Ordinance 1967: Proclamation of Skeleton Coast Park, page 892
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1971Government GazetteLegal (Act, Gazette, Policy)1.86 mb pdf
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Giess, W. 1962. Some notes on the vegetatlion of the Namib Desert with a list of plants coIlected in the area visited by the Carp-Transvaal Museum expedition during May 1959. Scientific Papers of the Namib Desert Research Station, 3: 1-35
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1962 Journal Article1.68 mb pdf
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Risk-Based Solutions (RBS). 2012. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Vol. 2 of 3 Report for the Kuiseb Delta and Dune Belt Areas for the NACOMA Project covering Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region Namibia
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2012NamPowerReport10.93 mb pdf
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Murray, I.W., Fuller, A, Lease, H.M., Mitchell, D., Wolf, B.O. and Hetem, R.S. 2015. Low field metabolic rates for geckos of the genus Rhoptropus may not be surprising. Journal of Arid Environments, 113: 35–42
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Krapf, C. 2003. Ephemeral river systems at the Skeleton Coast, NW-Namibia. Sedimentological and geomorphological studies on the braided river dominated Koigab Fan, the Cenozoic succession in the Uniabmond area and comparative studies on fluvio-aeolian interaction between ephemeral rivers and the Skeleton Coast Erg
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2003DRFN DLIBBook, Book Section, Booklet17.62 mb pdf
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Henschel, J.R., Seely, M.K., Mtuleni, V. and Pallett, J. 2003. The surface-dwelling arthropod fauna of Gobabeb with a description of the long-term pitfall trapping project. Journal of the Namibia Scientific Society, 51: 65-92
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2003DRFN DLIBJournal Article6.56 mb pdf
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Proceedings of the ELAK - Basin Management Workshop, 19th - 20th November 2002, Swakopmund
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2002DRFN DLIBReport17.04 mb pdf
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The impact of the 1997 flood events in the lower Kuiseb river on the recharge to the lower Kuiseb aquifers. Geohydrology Division. Windhoek, Namibia Water Corporation
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1998DRFN DLIBReport12.64 mb pdf
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du Pisani, E. 1983. Past and present plant utilization in Namaland and the lower Kuiseb River valley, South West Africa (Namibia) - a preliminary report. Khoisis, 4: 1-19
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1983DRFN DLIBJournal Article8.63 mb pdf
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Jones, B. 1992. Preliminary report on the socio-ecological survey of the lower Kuiseb valley. Unpublished Report
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1992DRFN DLIBReport12.72 mb pdf
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Krämer, M. 2007. Die Topnaar Traditional Authority: Grenzen des Häuptlingtums in Namibia. Scientific Society, Swakopmund, 39(2/07): 12-19
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2007DRFN DLIBJournal Article3.63 mb pdf
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McKee, E.D. 1982. Sedimentary structures in dunes of the Namib Desert, South West Africa. The Geological Society of America, Special Paper 188
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1982DRFN DLIBReport
Polis, G.A. 1993. Scorpions as model vehicles to advance theories of population and community ecology: the role of scorpions in desert communities. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 33(2): 401-410
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Sawyer, E.W. 1976. The geology of an area south-east of Walvis Bay - Part 1: Lithology, sedimentation and field relationship. Geological Survey, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Windhoek
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Shackley, M. 1983. Human burials in hut circles at Sylvia Hill, S.W. Africa / Namibia. Cimbebasia, 3(3): 102-106
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Sweeting, M.M. and Lancaster, N. 1982. Solutional and wind erosion forms on limestone in the central Namib Desert. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 26(2): 197-207
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von Ludwiger, K. and Brand, H-J. 2000. Erste sichtung eines Glockenreihers in Sossusvlei. Lanioturdus, 33(1&2): 27-28
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2000 Journal Article234 kb pdf
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Williamson, G. 2011. A new Drimia sp. from the Namib Desert in Namibia. Cactus and Succulent Journal, 83(6): 286-289
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2011 Journal Article
Norgaard, T., Nilsson, D-E., Henschel, J.R., Garm, A. and Wehner, R. 2008. Vision in the nocturnal wandering spider Leucorchestris arenicola (Araneae: Sparassidae). The Journal of Experimental Biology, 211: 816-823
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2008 Journal Article720 kb pdf
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Lubin, Y. and Henschel, J. 1996. The influence of food supply on foraging behaviour in a desert spider. Oecologia, 105(1): 64–73
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Soderberg, K., Henschel, J. and Macko, S.A. 2009. Water isotopes and the ecohydrology of fog in the Central Namib Desert: Initial results. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11, EGU2009-1315, 2009 EGU General Assembly
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2009 Report132 kb pdf
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Stuart, C.T. 1976. Diet of the black backed jackal canis mesomelas in the central Namib desert, South West Africa. African Zoology, 11(1): 193-205
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Van Jaarsveld, E. 2008. Desert grapes: an expedition to the remote reaches of the southern Namib: Namib flora. Veld and Flora, 94(2): 82-86
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Pietruszka, R.D. 1988. Observations on sexual dimorphism and social structure in the lizard Angolosaurus skoogi (Cordylidae) of the northern Namib Desert dunes. African Zoology, 23(1): 47-51
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Hiscocks, K. and Perrin, M.R. 1998. Home range and movements of black-backed jackals at Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 18(3): 97-100
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Tree, A.J. 1999. The 1999 Tern and Wader expedition to Namibia. Safring News, 28(1): 3-8
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1999 Journal Article552 kb pdf
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Kasaona, M. 2004. Tree distribution, vegetative and regenerative growth of seedlings at two selected sites in the Kuiseb River. Journal of the Namibia Scientific Society, 1: 18-25
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Adriaenssens, E.M., Van Zyl, L., De Maayer, P., Rubagotti, E., Rybicki, E., Tuffin, M. and Cowan, D.A. 2015. Metagenomic analysis of the viral community in Namib Desert hypoliths. Environmental Microbiology, 17(2): 480–495
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2015 Journal Article1.18 mb pdf
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Kambatuku, J.R. 1996. Desert research at Gobabeb. Namibia Environment, 1: 143
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Kirchhof, S., Hetem, R.S., Lease, H.M., Miles, D., Mitchell, D., Müller, J., Rödel, M-O., Sinervo, B., Wassenaar, T.D. and Murray, I.W. 2017. Thermoregulatory behavior and high thermal preference buffer impact of climate change in a Namib Desert lizard. Ecosphere, 8(12): e02033. 10.1002/ecs2.2033
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2017 Journal Article3.46 mb pdf
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Roberts, C.S., Seely, M., Ward, D., Mitchell, D. and Campbell, J.D. 2008. Body temperatures of Namib Desert tenebrionid beetles: their relationship in laboratory and field. Physiological Entomology, 16: 463-475
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Marsh, A.C. 1985. Aspects of the ecology of Namib Desert ants. PhD Thesis, Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town
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1985 Thesis4.96 mb pdf
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Johnson, R.M., Ramond, J.B., Gunnigle, E., Seely, M. qand Cowan, D.A. 2017. Namib Desert edaphic bacterial, fungal and archaeal communities assemble through deterministic processes but are influenced by different abiotic parameters. Extremophiles, 21(2): 381–392
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Martin, C.E. and von Willert, D.J. 2000. Leaf epidermal hydathodes and the ecological consequences of foliar uptake in species of Crassula from the Namib Desert in southern Africa. Plant Biology. 2: 229–242
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2000 Journal Article
Scott, L., Marais, E. and Brook, G.A. 2004. Fossil hyrax dung and evidence of Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation types in the Namib Desert. Journal of Quaternary Science, 19(8): 829-832
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