CUVE Waters

Digital Atlas

The Interactive Water Information and Planning Tool (IWIP)

The multimedia Interactive Water Information and Planning Tool (IWIP) wants to inform you about the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin with the help of maps. This digital atlas also allows you to access descriptive texts, pictures and other data that help explain the information on the maps. You can access IWIP via Java Web Start or you can download the files. 

Among other things, the IWIP offers a selection of basic data and information on the outcomes of recent projects in the region. Overlay functionalities and a cartographic multilayer display make it easier to grasp complex facts and processes. The ultimate goal is to allow everyone who is interested access to this wealth of information. At the moment, the IWIP is available in English and German, but can be extended to other languages.

The basic software to build a digital atlas is the open source Geopublisher developed at wikisquare. With this tool, GIS maps and other information such as text documents and photos are linked and exported to a standalone digital atlas that can be used on a PC without GIS software.  

Download of the IWIP User Manual (pdf, 564 KB)

Access the IWIP online via Java Web Start

Click on the Launch button to start the IWIP via Java Web Start. This will download the atlasViewer.jnlp file onto your computer. Once it has downloaded, if it doesn't start automatically, open it (double-click on it) to begin the process of opening the atlas. Please be patient. Depending on your internet speed, this can take a considerable amount of time. Further information for installing and using the IWIP online version.

Start the digital atlas of the CEB online with the launch button:

Download of the IWIP offline version for use on your computer

You can download the atlas as a ZIP file. Once the ZIP file has downloaded, double-click on the atlas.exe file. This will run the digital atlas on your computer without requiring the GeoPublisher software. The offline version contains the whole atlas with all the maps and additional information. Once stored on your hard disk, you can use it independently from an internet connection. A Java version is already built in. 

Download of the ZIP file of the IWIP offline version (ZIP file, 300 MB)

History and the way forward

It began in 2010, when the demand for easy access to spatial information in Namibia was addressed by Namibian and German partners in CuveWaters. In the following years, the Digital Atlas of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin was developed under the supervision of Julia Roehrig (formerly at ISOE) and Michael Lukubwe (formerly at NPC, Omusati RC) in co-operation with German and local, regional and national Namibian authorities, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF). In 2014, the Digital Atlas of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin was renamed IWIP and new maps were added to show the potential for further development and for the transfer to other regions in Namibia and beyond.

We hope you enjoy using the IWIP. Regular updates of the IWIP are planned. If you have any comments or questions, please contact:

Oliver Schulz 
Email: schulz(at) 
Phone: +49 69 707 69 19 49