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  • Jun 17 , 2019

    The GEF/FAO/BCC Climate Change Project hereby invites the youth from the selected Benguela Fisheries System coastal communities (link to the communities) to partake in the regional 2019 School Poster Contest awareness on enhancing climate change resilience. The youth are required to create posters, which present possible solutions towards climate change or methods of building resilience in the fisheries and aquaculture communities.

    Link to the communities:

    Angola - Kinzau; Barra do Dande; Caotinha; Mira douro da Lua; Cacuaco; Tombua; N'zeto

    Namibia - Walvis Bay; Henties Bay; Luderitz

    South Africa - Hondeklipbaai; Humansdorp; Struisbay; St Helena Bay

    Submissions: All artwork and registration form are to be submitted on or before the 19 July 2019 at your nearest BCC office.

    For further information, please dowload full terms of reference in icon English or icon Portuguese or contact Ms Katrina Hilundwa on katrina@benguelacc.org.

  • May 14 , 2019

    The BCLME III Project "Improving Oceans Governance" held a meeting on 28 February this year with project technicians being implemented by BCC and its partners in order to exchange experience and to combine synergies with common objectives

  • 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

    1. Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in the Benguela Current Fisheries System Project

    The BCC Secretariat invites proposals from competent companies/consultancy firms/ consortium/ individuals to undertake "a gap analysis of existing monitoring and early warnings of extreme weather and environmental events linked to climate change or variability (CCorV) and make recommendation on addressing the gaps". Full terms of reference can be downloaded in icon English and icon Portuguese.

    Proposals must be submitted before 16h00 (4pm) Namibian time on  23 August 2019


    2. Improving Ocean Governance and Integrated Management in the BCLME

    The Benguela Current Convention invites proposals from competent company/consultancy firm/consortium/individual to "Elaborate the 2018 State of the Marine Environment Report of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME)"

    Full terms of reference can be downloaded in icon English and icon Portuguese. For inquiries contact Ms Tunehafo Gottlieb, (tunehafo@benguelacc.org, Tel: + 264 64 406 901).

    Proposals must be submitted before 16h00 (4pm) Namibian time on 30 August 2019.

  • Jul 25 , 2018


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.