The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) extends from east of the Cape of Good Hope, northwards to Cabinda Province in Angola and encompasses the full extent of Namibia`s marine environment. It is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important centre of marine biodiversity and marine food production.
The Benguela is particularly productive in terms of fisheries resources, but top predators such as seabirds and marine mammals are also abundant. Commercial fisheries and the extraction of non-living natural resources such as oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals, are the focus of industrial activities in the region.
The five-year Strategic Action Programme (2015-2019) that was developed and adopted by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in 2014, recognises that the scope of the BCC has changed from a fisheries focused interim Commission to a fully-fledged, multi-sectoral inter-governmental body. Similarly, the Implementation Plan that was developed to replace the Norwegian-funded Science Programme has a broad scope: it details the actions required to meet the objectives of the Benguela Current Convention and is structured around eight themes, namely:
The Implementation Plan provides a framework for developing detailed science projects that address each of these themes.
The objective of this second phase of the BCLME Programme will be to deliver the following outcomes that reflect BCLME SAP implementation requirements and recommendations:
Achievements: The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated,
The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to LME management. Furthermore, regional collaboration at both the public and private sector levels has been significantly strengthened. A GEF co-sponsored initiative of the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. UNDP will facilitate a regional treaty between the 3 countries identifying thematic areas and operational procedures for cooperation in sustainably managing the BCLME’s shared living marine resources and mitigating associated threats. This treaty will be administered and supported through a multinational Commission consisting of a Conference of Ministers, an overall management body and a series of management and technical groups supported by the countries and focusing on the priority LME policy actions as identified in the SAP (e.g. harmonised management of living marine resources, environmental variability and prediction, required adaptations to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and its living resources, etc.).
See mid-term and terminal evaluation reports: http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/3305/evaluations/bclme-sap-imp-midterm-evaluation-report/view
Total Original Budget: $5,138,460
Latest Total Expenditure: $5,017,243
Credit Remaining: $121,217
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
1 Strand Street Swakopmund Namibia
Private Bag 5031
Telephone: +264 64 406901
Fax: +264 64 406902/3
The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Cape Verde. The HBM aims to fight neonatal malnutrition by welcoming recently born children who face nutrition problems. The project will support the purchase of the necessary equipment, the technical training of national staff to process and perform quality controls of human breast milk, and the development and implementation of an information system for the HMB in the country. About 20 national experts will be trained to transform the HMB into a national reference.
The project was initiated in September 2008 and completed in December 2013.
Replication: The implementation of a HBM and training of qualified staff to operate the bank. In addition to its low-cost and positive impact, the HMB Network is recognized by WHO and UNDP as one of the initiatives that most contributed to human development in the Southern Hemisphere, by promoting practical solutions that can be replicated, scaled-up and adapted in other countries.
Budget: US$ 168,144.09 (total budget)
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Agência Brasileira de Cooperação
SAF/Sul Quadra 2, Lote 2, Bloco B, 4º Andar, Edifício Via Office
Brasília – DF, Brasil
Coordenação Geral de Cooperação Técnica Bilateral:
Wofsi Yuri G. de Souza
The proposed long-term solution for biodiversity conservation in Togo is to strengthen the management of the system of protected areas (PA) through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of PA. The Project is funded by West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNDP will help Togo develop prerequisites to be able to join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger in partnership EU, WAEMU and UNDP.
Goal: Protect the globally significant biodiversity in Togo’s Savanna Biomes and ensure PA connectivity at the eco-regional level.
Objective: Strengthen Togo’s protected area system management to improve its contribution to the conservation of biodiversity by applying effective approaches to PA rehabilitation and management.
PA estate covering approximately 578,000 hectares, covering a large region in Togo
Running for five years, from 2012- 2017
PA operationalization of the OKM complex in Togo, with implementation at the site level of rehabilitation measures, participatory management arrangements and rehabilitation of connectivity at Eco-regional level.
Use of key monitoring tools, typical of GEF Biodiversity projects, these include the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool, or METT (Annex 2), which also includes UNDP’s PA System Financial Sustainability Scorecard.
Budget: USD 2,222,200
An amount USD 70,000 was reserved in the budget (from WAEMU funds) for the inclusion of the OKM Complex into the assessments of IUCN’s MIKE programme with respect to ecological management. The frequency is every 5 years.
109 Boulevard Félix Houphouët
Boigny P.O. Box 4596 Gamal Abdul Nasser Avenue,
Lomé, Republic of Togo.
Phone: +228 984 97933
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Operational Focal Point
Mr. Djiwonou Folly
Ministère de l`Environnement et des Ressources BP 355
Tel: + 228 904 3608
The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries and constitutes a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the UN system.