12 March 2018
is citizen science you say? It is a wonderful concept that has been gaining
popularity in recent years which is basically the collection of data by members
of the public, usually in collaboration with professional scientists. Atlasing
is one of the most common methods, which includes people contributing to
sightings of various animals in various locations. It started off with birds,
and in Southern Africa, bird atlasing has become very popular.
Namibia has jumped on this bandwagon and you can now, when you go on your trips
around Namibia, enter your sightings in the system so that it can be collected
and analysed and used for continued conservation efforts. You can help build
Namibia's atlas for mammals, amphibians, reptiles, alien plants, and more!
Thanks to the Namibia Chamber of Environment, and Jaro Consultancy who has been
working to build the system, in liaison with the Ministry of Environment
and Tourism, we can all contribute. And its very easy, as you can download the
App for it and thus link in what you see in real time.
You will have your own profile and can track your own records. For any records
from past sightings, you will have to visit the website and log-in there. Both
the app download and the actual website sign up can be found here http://www.the-eis.com/atlas/
next time you cruise on the roads of this beautiful country, or even take a
stroll in your own town, be sure to share what you see by atlasing with the
rest of us!