Integrated Management of the Benguela Current Region
This high level of primary productivity of the Benguela supports an important global reservoir of biodiversity and biomass of zooplankton, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals, while near-shore and off-shore sediments hold rich deposits of precious minerals (particularly diamonds), as well as oil and gas reserves. The natural beauty of the coastal regions, many of which are still pristine by global standards, have also enabled the development of significant local tourism initiatives. Pollution from industries, poorly planned and managed coastal developments as well as near-shore activities are, however, causing a rapid degradation of vulnerable coastal habitats in some areas.
25 Jul 2012