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  • 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

  • Mar 25 , 2019

    The BCC Secretariat invites competent companies or individuals to submit a quotation to provide promotional materials for the Project titled, Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME III Project).

    Detailed Terms of Reference for the RFQ can be icon downloaded here or requested from Ms Tunehafo Gottlieb, (tunehafo@benguelacc.org, Tel: + 264 64 406 901).

    Entries must be submitted by 10 May 2019.


  • 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

    The BCC Secretariat invites proposals from a competent company/consultancy firm/ consortium/ individual to conduct the following consultancies:

    1.     To review and update the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Programme (SAP) and to develop National Action Plans (NAPs) for the Benguela Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME). Download full ToR: icon Englishicon Portuguese

    2.   To undertake an Economic Valuation and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME). Download full ToR: icon Englishicon Portuguese


    Entries must be submitted before 16:00 p.m., local time in Namibia on 14 June 2019

  • 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.

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.