23 July 2015 - The meeting point between Namibia’s hot desert sands and the cold Benguela ocean current harbours rich biodiversity and some of the most abundant marine life concentrations in the world. The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) stretches northwards from South Africa, along Namibia’s entire coastline, into Angola.
The BCLME is one of the richest ecosystems on earth, with ecosystem goods and services worth an estimated US$54.3 billion annually. But this valuable ecosystem is vulnerable to destruction from human activities such as fishing, marine transport, mining,and land-based pollution that destroys habitats.
THREE COUNTRIES, ONE ECOSYSTEM, ONE GOAL
Until recently, the sustainable management of the BCLME and its resources was not integrated either within the individual countries or the broader region.
To remedy this, government leaders from Angola, Namibia, and South Africa inaugurated a co-operative venture to improve management of the BCLME, which established the transboundary Benguela Current Commission (BCC), the world‘s first commission based on the Large Marine Ecosystem approach to ocean governance.
Today, the BCC promotes a co-ordinated regional approach to long-term sustainability for the BCLME. Safeguarding this valuable ecosystem realises benefits to the economy society, achieved without damage to the environment.
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