The Atlas of Namibia was first published in 2002 and reprinted several times to meet demand from the general public and educational institutions. The last edition was printed in 2010. However, a need for reliable information on the country’s physical, human and natural environment remains and having up-to-date and accessible information is a necessity as Namibia continues to develop. The time has come to produce a new Atlas.

The NNF (Namibian Nature Foundation) and RAISON (Research and Information Services of Namibia) are in the process of compiling a new Atlas of Namibia. This provides an opportunity to update the information presented in 2002 and to add information on new topics that were not covered in the first Atlas.

Much of the success of the first Atlas was due its informative contents, the way in which the data were presented, and the way various chapters and components came together to create a unique and interesting view of Namibia. The new Atlas will build on that success providing updated and new information presented in a clear, straightforward fashion.


The previous Atlas was produced by a core team who created the concept, collected and processed the relevant data, and wrote and compiled the Atlas, often supported by contributions of information from a variety of experts.

The new Atlas will be produced by a broad spectrum of experts who are now invited to submit proposals to contribute information, maps and other illustrations, and text to be published in the new Atlas. Contributors will be credited as authors for their contributions. A core team from RAISON will collate and edit the Atlas to create cross linkages between contributions and a congruent narrative throughout the new volume.

These terms of reference invite the submission of concepts. Potential contributors can propose the data, maps, possible other illustrations and broad narrative they aim to provide. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, 22 March 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by filling out the form below.

Requirements for the proposals

Potential contributors should provide proposals for chapters and/or sections within their areas of expertise. Topics proposed by potential contributors should fit within the Chapter headings below and be informed by the previous Atlas of Namibia (available online here). The submission of potentially important topics, that fit within the project’s scope are also encouraged.


Topic Headings:

  1. Physical geography
  2. Soils
  3. Water
  4. Climate
  5. The Coast and Sea
  6. Animals
  7. Plants
  8. Natural Economy
  9. Human economy 
  10. Land and its uses
  11. People of Namibia

The following information should be presented in the proposal:

  • Sources and types of data including methods of compilation, aggregation and analysis where needed
  • (Note: the aim is to build datasets which cover Namibia’s entire area and are as accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. The data should be available for free-to-the-public distribution, where possible).
  • Approaches to be adopted and comprehension of the topic
  • (Note: the Atlas will need to provide a general overview of the topic area, such that readers will gain a broad understanding of the field and its importance in Namibia; and information of a technical nature must be easily understandable by lay-people or those with at least a Grade 12 level of schooling).
  • Any innovative approaches to the interpretation and presentation of information
  • (Note: maps in the final Atlas are likely to fit three rough sizes: 20 x 22; 9 x 10 and 4 x 4,5 centimeters. Contributors will provide draft maps which will form the basis for a database manager and a cartographer (engaged separately), who will design and prepare maps and other graphics to be published in the final Atlas.
  • Information on the interests, experience and previous publications of contributors
  • (Note: proposals which pair knowledgeable, experienced practitioners and young, inexperienced but enthusiastic researchers will be looked upon favorably).
  • Approximate time lines and budget to assemble and analyse information, prepare draft illustrations and text
  • (Note: Budget and time allocations for each of the proposed sections should be provided. The appointed contributors are expected to compile their chapters or sections between the beginning of April and the end of June 2019).
  • Proposals should be no longer than 3 pages.

Please send your proposal via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Word or pdf format, or fill the web-based form below.