The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (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.
The five-year Strategic Action Programme (2015-2019) that was developed and adopted by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in 2014, recognises that the scope of the BCC has changed from a fisheries focused interim Commission to a fully-fledged, multi-sectoral inter-governmental body. Similarly, the Implementation Plan that was developed to replace the Norwegian-funded Science Programme has a broad scope: it details the actions required to meet the objectives of the Benguela Current Convention and is structured around eight themes, namely:
- Marine living resources;
- Non-living resources;
- Productivity and environmental variability;
- Ecosystem health;
- Human dimensions;
- Potential for economic development; and
The Implementation Plan provides a framework for developing detailed science projects that address each of these themes.
The objective of this second phase of the BCLME Programme will be to deliver the following outcomes that reflect BCLME SAP implementation requirements and recommendations:
- Strengthening the institutional capacity and effectiveness of the regional Benguela Current Commission;
- Negotiating and securing an agreed and appropriate BCLME Treaty to support the BCC National Level;
- Implementation of the BCLME SAP (through appropriate Policy, Legislative and Management Reforms), which are extended to the community level through the support of partners such as D-LIST;
- Securing Sustainable Capacity for Long-Term Maintenance of the LME Management Components -Overall Capture and Transfer of Knowledge Products and Best Practices, and Information Networking through cooperation and coordination with GEF/IW:LEARN
Achievements: The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated,
The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to LME management. Furthermore, regional collaboration at both the public and private sector levels has been significantly strengthened. A GEF co-sponsored initiative of the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. UNDP will facilitate a regional treaty between the 3 countries identifying thematic areas and operational procedures for cooperation in sustainably managing the BCLME’s shared living marine resources and mitigating associated threats. This treaty will be administered and supported through a multinational Commission consisting of a Conference of Ministers, an overall management body and a series of management and technical groups supported by the countries and focusing on the priority LME policy actions as identified in the SAP (e.g. harmonised management of living marine resources, environmental variability and prediction, required adaptations to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and its living resources, etc.).
See mid-term and terminal evaluation reports: http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/3305/evaluations/bclme-sap-imp-midterm-evaluation-report/view
Total Original Budget: $5,138,460
Latest Total Expenditure: $5,017,243
Credit Remaining: $121,217
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
1 Strand Street Swakopmund Namibia
Private Bag 5031
Telephone: +264 64 406901
Fax: +264 64 406902/3
- Nico E. Willemse, Senior Project Manager, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), BCLME SAP IMP Project
- Hashali Hamukuaya, Executive Secretary, Benguela Current LME Programme
- Abraham IYAMBO, Minister, Namibia; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development,
- Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)