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  • Aug 20 , 2018

    An opportunity to study an innovative approach for sustainable development of the world’s Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) has been initiated. The course, to be self-taught online over a six-week period, can lead to certification by Coursera and the University of Cape Town. Download brochure here.

  • Aug 02 , 2018

    There are currently no tenders or consultancies available, please look out for adverts on nationally circulating newspapers in the Contracting Parties. 


  • Jul 25 , 2018

    The Benguela Current Convention is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and youth. The positions at BCC are categorised into:

    1. Proffessional Category - These are positions of high responsibility of a managerial, professional or scientific nature. These positions will be filled by appropriately qualified professionals, preferably with post graduate qualifications or the equivalent. Staff members in this category shall be recruited from Contracting Parties.

    2. General Services Category - These are auxiliary administrative and technical positions; clerical, secretarial and other office personnel. Such staff members shall be recruited in Namibia from among Namibian nationals and citizens of Contracting Parties with permanent residence in Namibia

  • Jun 30 , 2018

    The Benguela Current Convention (BCC) participated in the event to raise awareness on its objectives, its current projects and perspective on marine environmental issues in Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Furthermore, it was an opportunity for the BCC to interact directly with the public

  • Mar 20 , 2018

    The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources organized from 12 to 16 of March the GeoNode training and ACMA workshop, in Swakopmund. 22 participants from seven countries increase their knowledge on the open software GeoNode and how they can use this important platform in their countries and on the African continent.

Three Countries Sharing a Productive Ecosystem

The Benguela Current Commission (BCC) is a multi-sectoral inter-governmental, initiative of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. It promotes the vision of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) sustaining human and ecosystem well-being for generation after generation.

The BCLME is richly endowed with both living and non-living resources – from large oil and gas reserves to abundant fisheries and unrivalled natural beauty. The BCC provides a vehicle for the countries of the region to introduce an "ecosystem approach to ocean governance". This means that the three countries work together to manage the marine environment.

The BCC was established on January 2007 through the signing of an Interim Agreement. Then, on 18 March 2013, the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa signed the Benguela Current Convention, a groundbreaking environmental treaty that entrenches the Benguela Current Commission as a permanent inter-governmental organisation.


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The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) extends from east of the Cape of Good Hope, northwards to Cabinda Province in Angola and encompasses the full extent of Namibia's marine environment. It is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important centre of marine biodiversity and marine food production.

The Benguela is particularly productive in terms of fisheries resources, but top predators such as seabirds and marine mammals are also abundant. Commercial fisheries and the extraction of non-living natural resources such as oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals, are the focus of industrial activities in the region.