Minister Molewa to lead South African delegation at the Benguela Current Commission’s Ministerial Conference in Namibia

07 December 2016


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 Benguela Current Commission (BCC) is a multi-sectoral, inter-governmental initiative consisting of three countries, South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. The commission was established in January 2007, and in March 2013 the government of the three countries signed the ground breaking environmental treaty that entrenches the BCC as a permanent inter-governmental organisation.

The convention is a fundamental set of comprehensive rules to promote a coordinated approach to the long term conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) in order to provide economic, environmental and social benefits for all. Through the BCC, South Africa is engaging with all the member states in finding a regional approach to Marine Spatial Planning.

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