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  • Mar 25 , 2019

    The Office of Evaluation (OED) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is launching Midterm evaluation of FAO GEF Project - Enhancing Climate Change resilience in the Benguela Current Fisheries System (Angola, Namibia, South Africa)”. OED is seeking qualified international and national consultants, with experience in the sectors of climate change including vulnerability and resilience, fishery, integrated ecosystem management (IEM), natural resources management, public policy, development planning and institutional strengthening from the region to join the evaluation team. Download full terms of reference here.

  • 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/ consultancies available at the Secretariat of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC). Please check local newspapers within the Parties (Angola, Namibia, South Africa) for available opportunities.

  • Jul 25 , 2018

    Executive Secretary

    This is a senior, strategic and head of the international organization position with minimum requirements of 5-10 years in senior executive management.

  • 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

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.