The BCLME countries agreed to establish an Interim Benguela Current Commission (IBCC), which will be supported by the science-based advisory groups that originally produced the TDA.
(33) The BCLME GEF project document, TDA and SAP are all available on the GEF international waters knowledge-management and learning website.
Context:Realizing the inclusive and sustainable development in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME
) region through the improved ocean governance and the integrated management of ocean use and marine resources
The three southern African countries are expected to ratify the Convention by December 2012, thereby bringing into force a unique multilateral agreement that has as its objective the long-term conservation, protection, rehabilitation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem or BCLME.
The nearshore and shelf environments of the BCLME hold rich reserves of minerals, particularly diamonds, while Angola is the largest crude oil producing nation in Africa.
The Benguela Current also defines the boundaries of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME
), an area of ocean space stretching from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to the province of Cabinda in the north of Angola.