Namibia hosts marine management conference

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will on Thursday lead the South African government delegation at the Benguela Current Commission’s 5th Ministerial Conference in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The Benguela Current Commission (BCC) is a multi-sectoral, inter-governmental initiative consisting of South Africa, Namibia and Angola.

The Ministers of all three countries responsible for marine environment and marine industry management will meet to discuss the commission’s business.

The commission was established in January 2007 and in March 2013, the government of the three countries signed an 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, the Department of Environmental Affairs said.

Source: South African Government News Agency