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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.


Latest News

  • Nov 14 , 2017

    The 6th Ministerial Conference was held on 9 November 2017 in Windhoek. The meeting was Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Secretaries of State from all Parties.

    At the meeting, the Ministers:

    ·         evaluated the implementation of the Convention and approved any changes to the Strategic Action Programme (SAP);

    ·         took actions necessary to facilitate the effective implementation of SAP;

    ·         reviewed and approved the Annual Report 2016/2017;

    ·         reviewed and approved the work plans for the next fiscal year;

    ·         reviewed and provided policy guidance of governance matters; and

    ·         signed the Headquarters Agreement between the host Government and the BCC.

    At the closure of the meeting, the ministers issued a communique -  English Communique MC 9 Nov 2017Portuguese Communique MC 9 Nov 2017

  • Dec 13 , 2016

    The 5th Benguela Current Commission (BCC) Ministerial Conference met in Swakopmund on the 8th December 2016 to deliberate on issues pertaining to the progress and challenges made in implementing the 2015 – 2019 Strategic Action Programme (SAP).  The agenda also included discussions on the rationale and justification for collaboration transboundary marine environmental problems, opportunities for economic potential development in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) region and strategic actions for addressing specific transboundary issues in seismic surveys in the tuna industry and phosphate mining in relation to the environment. Read full Ministerial Communique here

  • Jul 08 , 2016

    Thematic Issue

    Editors: Kenneth Sherman and Hashali Hamukuaya

    This definitive new volume presents results of an ecosystem based approach to adaptive management of the world’s Large Marine Ecosystems, supported by studies of LME productivity, fish & fisheries, pollution and ecosystem health, socioeconomics, and governance.

    Authors focus on results of natural science and social science assessments of human and environmental stressors in support of ecosystem based management practices to recover and sustain LME goods and services. Download the flyer here.

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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.