SOUTH AFRICA ATTENDS MARINE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN NAMIBIA

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa leaves here Thursday at the head of a South African government delegation to attend 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 governments of the three countries signed an environmental treaty which entrenches the BCC as a permanent inter-governmental organization.

"The convention is a fundamental set of comprehensive rules to promote a co-ordinated 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," the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement here Wednesday.

"Through the BCC, South Africa is engaging with all the member states in finding a regional approach to Marine Spatial Planning."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK