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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.


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  • Sep 01 , 2016

    Deputy Executive Secretary: Technical Services

    Benguela Current Commission invites applications from qualified and experienced candidates from its Member States (Angola, Namibia and South Africa) for the position of Deputy Executive Secretary: Technical Services.  Full terms of reference of the positions and application process are available here. Inquiries can be sent to info@benguelacc.orgClosing Date:  30 September 2016. Download terms of reference and application Form.



    Secretário Executivo Adjunto: Serviços Técnicos

    A Comissão da Corrente de Benguela (BCC) convida as candidaturas de candidatos qualificados e experientes dos seus Estados-Membros (Angola , Namíbia e África do Sul) para a posição de Secretário Executivo Adjunto: Serviços Técnicos. Os termos de Referência e orientações referentes a posição estão disponíveis em http://www.benguelacc.org. Qualquer informação pode ser encaminhada a: info@benguelacc.org. Data limite: 30 de Setembro de 2016

  • 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.