Minister Molewa attends 06th Benguela Current Commission Ministerial Meeting
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 ground-breaking environmental treaty that entrenches the Benguela Current Commission as a permanent inter-governmental organisation.
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.
On Thursday, 09 November 2017, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, lead the South African government delegation at the Benguela Current Commission’s (BCC) 06th Ministerial Conference, in Windhoek, Namibia.
The 06th Benguela Current Commission (BCC) Ministerial Conference meets in Swakopmund on the 8th November 2017 to deliberate on issues pertaining to the progress and challenges made in implementing the 2015 – 2019 Strategic Action Programme (SAP). The BCC Ministerial Meeting will see the review of the BCC Business Plan which, should stipulate the details of how targets set by Agenda 2030; further aligned to Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) as well as the 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) will be achieve.