Projects in Namibia
A number of geological research projects are conducted in Namibia
without notifying the Geological Survey of Namibia. This has led to a situation where not
only valuable research data are not communicated to the official national institution in
charge of geological research, but also where researchers work on similar or even the same
topics without knowing of each other. When such situations are eventually discovered,
conflicts are likely to arise.
We furthermore note with concern that some researchers enter Namibia on
the basis of a tourist visa. However, conducting research work without a study permit is
illegal and can result in legal action being taken against the relevant person. Please
take note that applications for study permits are readily available from all Namibian
Embassies, as well as from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek.
We therefore like to urge all Geology Departments of Universities
to notify the Geological Survey of Namibia of their planned and ongoing research
programmes. We also kindly request that copies of theses, maps, research reports or any
other data emanating from such research work are being made available to the library of
the Geological Survey of Namibia.