The Southern African countries of Angola, Namibia and South Africa have signed the Benguela Current Convention, through which the three governments seek to promote a coordinated regional approach to the conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME). By signing the Benguela Current Convention, Angola, Namibia and South Africa agreed to manage the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) in a cooperative and sustainable way for the benefit of coastal people who depend on the ecosystem for food, work and well-being.
The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), regarded as one of the richest ecosystems on earth, is an area of ocean space stretching from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to the province of Cabinda in the north of Angola. Besides costal tourism, the most important industrial activities in the region include offshore oil and gas production, marine diamond mining, commercial fishing and shipping.
Let us hope it works out and the three countries will really manage to find a way to protect the fragile marine ecosystem while (sustainably) using the valuable resources settled in that environment.