The BCLME Programme
The BCLME Programme is designed to improve the structures and capacities of Namibia, Angola and South Africa to deal with the environmental problems that occur across the national boundaries, in order that the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem may be managed as a whole.
These transboundary issues include the migration or straddling of valuable fish stocks across national boundaries, the introduction of invasive alien species via the ballast water of ships moving through the region, and pollutants or harmful algal blooms that can be advected by winds and currents from the waters of one country into another.
The Programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which has contributed $15.2 million through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the regional initiative. The GEF’s funding complements an investment of $16 million by the three countries, and over $7 million from other sources such as the Benguela Environment Fisheries Training Interactions Programme, BENEFIT.
The following two papers provide useful insights into the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem and the BCLME Programme: