Minister Molewa leadds SA delegation to Benguela Current Commission’s Ministerial Conference in Namibia
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 ground-breaking environmental treaty that entrenches the Benguela Current Commission as a permanent inter-governmental organisation.
The BCC is the first commission in the world to be based on the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) approach to ocean governance. It is focused on five strategic areas, including ocean governance, stakeholder participation, marketing and resource mobilization, capacity building and corporate governance. It 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 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 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. It is estimated that coastal and marine resources contribute approximately US$269 billion per year to the economies of Angola, Namibia and South Africa.
A Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem that is sustainably used and managed, conserved, protected and contributes to the wellbeing of the people of the region.
To foster cooperation between the Republic of Angola, Republic of Namibia and Republic of South Africa and work towards an integrated, science-based and regional approach for the conservation, protection and sustainable use and management of the BCLME. To achieve this by facilitating the development and implementation of joint programmes of work.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa will tomorrow, Thursday, 08 December 2016, lead the South African government delegation at the Benguela Current Commission’s (BCC) 5th Ministerial Conference, in Swakopmund, Namibia. Ministers responsible for marine environment and marine industry management in South Africa, Angola and Namibia will meet to discuss the Commission’s business.
The 5th Benguela Current Commission (BCC) Ministerial Conference meets 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 includeds 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.