The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem 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.

AngolaIt is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important center of marine biodiversity and marine food production.

The region 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.

In 2013, the three countries signed the Benguela Convention to entrench the Commission as a permanent inter-governmental organization.

The Benguela Current Commission’s offices are at Namibia’s coastal town of Swakopmund about 350 kilometers from capital Windhoek.

One of the Commission’s major objectives is to create large marine ecosystem that is sustainably used and managed, conserved, protected and contributes to the wellbeing of the people of the region.

In an advert run in Namibian papers Friday, the Benguela Current Commission is calling for project proposals to identify, monitor and manage pollution at the ecosystem’s hot spots locations.

Secondly, the Commission has called for interest in strengthening the fisheries management in the area through the application of ecological risk assessment.

There is also a call for interest in reducing threat to species and habitats as well as strengthening the ability to monitor the ecosystem’s health. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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