Namakwa

The Namakwa District is far north of Cape Town but south of the Gariep (Orange) River.  It is known for its spring flower display and for an exceptional biodiversity rating, including as it does the Kamiesberge and the Richtersveld.  I worked as cartographer to present the Critical Biodiversity Assessment undertaken by DEAT(NCP) and the Botanical Society.  My in/output was a set of poster maps highlighting biodiversity status and appropriate land use (poster design by Luke Younge - www.lucidpictures.co.za). One A0 poster covered the entire district and then each municipality was covered (at varying scale) on A1 posters.

Here are some thumbnails of the posters (to access full size screen resolution PDFs of the poster series I worked on in 2008/9 visit the attachments bar at the base of this page).  Printed copies are available from DEAT in Springbok.

In addition to the poster maps I delivered a standalone GIS, containing all the source data as well as SPOT5 imagery, in MapInfo ProViewer format and conducted two training workshops with provincial and Municipal officials to facilitate integration of the content into the decision support systems.  More recently I introduced QGIS as a tool to access the data - QGIS is Free Open Source Software (FOSS), as a modern GIS it has enhanced functionality based on the best features of the available proprietary tools, see www.qgis.org to learn more or download.









Also attached below is my trip report from a road trip we undertook so as to ensure that the maps conveyed a realistic sense of the district.  Most of the photos in the posters were taken on the trip.

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