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Namibia (/nəˈmɪbiə/, /næˈ-/), officially the Republic of Namibia (German:  Republik Namibia ; Afrikaans: Republiek van Namibië), and formerly German South-West Africa and then South West Africa, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of the Zambezi River (essentially a small bulge in Botswana to achieve a Botswana/Zambia micro-border) separates them at their closest points. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.

The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by San, Damara, and Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. Most of the territory became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948, its apartheid policy. The port of Walvis Bay and the offshore Penguin Islands had been annexed by the Cape Colony under the British crown by 1878 and had become an integral part of the new Union of South Africa at its creation in 1910.

Latest News for: Namibia marine


Toxins, diseases ruled out for death of Namibian seal pups 15 Dec 2020
15 (Xinhua) -- An investigation into the cause of death of seal pups off the Namibian coast has ruled out toxins and diseases as the cause of death, NGO Ocean Conservation Namibia(OCN) official said on Tuesday ... of Walvis Bay, west Namibia....

Why are women absent from Israeli, Palestinian leadership? – opinion

The Jerusalem Post 25 Nov 2020
Honestly, I am fed up of male leaders in our region ... Hilda Heine, Finland’s Sanna Marin, Namibia’s Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, or Estonia’s Kersti Kaljulaid?. These past and present female leaders have demonstrated, unlike the male leaders in our region, that they are first and foremost risk-averse with regard to our lives ... ....

Namibia: Debeers Diamond Production Decreases By 43%

All Africa 30 Oct 2020
Debeers' diamond production in Namibia decreased by 43% to 0.2 million carats as the marine fleet suspended production for part of third quarter .......

Number of Namibia's dead seals rises to over 7,000 26 Oct 2020
According to Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) Marine Biologist, Naude Dryer, they have been seeing a lot more dead female adults than seal pups but the cause of death is still unknown....

Namibia: Mass Death of Seal Pups Raises Concerns

All Africa 23 Oct 2020
THOUSANDS of Cape fur seals have aborted their unborn pups, worrying marine scientists in Namibia and South Africa .......

Seals abort pups in mass die-off

Mail Guardian South Africa 20 Oct 2020
Naudé Dreyer first noticed the bodies of a few aborted Cape fur seals scattered on the white beaches of Pelican Point, near Walvis Bay in Namibia, at the end of August ... are the most common marine mammal observed along the coastline of South Africa and Namibia, where they are endemic and number about 1.7-million animals....

Thousands of baby seals found dead off Namibia

Shenzhen Daily 19 Oct 2020
THOUSANDS of baby seals have been found dead at a key breeding colony in Namibia, and conservationists are trying to work out what’s triggered it ... OCN is assisting Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to collect samples for testing in laboratories, but the cause of the deaths has not been confirmed....

Die-Off of 5,000 seal pups on beach triggers inquiry in Namibia

Independent online (SA) 15 Oct 2020
The pups were born prematurely and died almost immediately, said Naude Dreyer, a marine biologist at Ocean Conservation Namibia, a non-profit group ... The ministry of fisheries and marine resources will send samples to South Africa to try and determine the cause of the deaths....

Over 5,000 seal pups dead on Namibian beach, probe underway

Sina 14 Oct 2020
14 (Xinhua) -- More than 5,000 seal pups had been found dead at Pelican Point beach in Namibia's coastal town of Walvis Bay, NGO Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said on Wednesday ... The tests are specialized tests which are not done in Namibia....

Orange Business Services and De Beers Co-innovate Geofencing Solution to Enhance Crew Safety in Offshore Mining

The Marshall News Messenger 01 Sep 2020
About Debmarine Namibia. Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond prospecting and mining company, owned in equal shares by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group ... Debmarine Namibia is a recognised world leader in marine diamond exploration and mining technology....

Call of the wild: Individual dolphin calls used to estimate population size and movement

Phys Dot Org 27 Aug 2020
Clare Embling, Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Plymouth ... It also showcases the fantastic level of research that our marine biology students are able to achieve, and the opportunities available to them through our partnerships with conservation organizations such as the Namibia Dolphin Project and the Ocean Giants Trust."....

Namibia auctions fishing rights to raise money for virus

Independent online (SA) 11 Aug 2020
JOHANNESBURG - Namibia plans to auction the right to catch horse mackerel and hake off its coast to foreign fishing vessels to urgently raise money to fight the coronavirus pandemic ... “We do not produce medicines in Namibia ......