International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Benguela Current (LME) - Results

GEF IDS: 789 , 2571 , 3305



Information sources
GEF4 IW Tracking Tool (2010) - #3305, UNDP Terminal Evaluation (2008) - #3305

Key Basin Project Results

Results data
Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Year: N/A - Value: NA
Instrument: Benguela Current Convention
"The Benguela Current Convention is the legally binding overarching policy framework for the sustainable use, access to and development of the LME. It articulates strong principles advocating for sustainability, use of the precautionary approach and the polluter pays principle, integrated sustainable development planning (through EIAs, etc.) and, equity. The governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa signed the Benguela Current Convention in the Angolan city of Benguela on 18 March 2013.

The Convention is a formal treaty between the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa that sets out the countries' intention ""to promote a coordinated regional approach to the long-term conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem, to provide economic, environmental and social benefits." (#3305, Benguela SAP Implementation)
Regional Management Institutions
Year: N/A - Value: YES
Body: Benguela Current Commission
GEF Project Result:
"The Benguela Current Convention also establishes the Benguela Current Commission (BCC)– in existence since 2007 – as a permanent inter-governmental organisation.
The BCC is the first inter-governmental commission in the world to be based on the Large Marine Ecosystem concept of ocean governance – a move towards managing resources at the larger ecosystem level (rather than at the national level) and balancing human needs with conservation imperatives.

The BCC is based in Swakopmund, Namibia, and is focused on the management of shared fish stocks, environmental monitoring; biodiversity and ecosystem health; the mitigation of pollution; and minimising the impacts of marine diamond mining and oil and gas production. Sound environmental governance and training and capacity building are at the forefront of its agenda" (#3305, Benguela SAP Implementation)
National/Local reforms
Year: N/A - Value: YES
The countries are developing NAPs to facilitate the implementation of national/local reforms required by the endorsed SAP.
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis: Agreement on transboundary priorities and root causes
Year: 1999 - Value: YES
TDA 1999 (#789, Benguela Current LME)

TDA completed during the previous phase. Baseline data exist in TDA; however, monitoring indicators and framework must be strengthened during the project implementation to monitor the progress on the E/W Resource & SE Status. (#3305, Benguela SAP Implementation)
Development of Strategic Action Program (SAP)
Year: 1999 - Value: YES
1999 SAP