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The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME)

It is situated along the coast of south-western Africa, stretching from Luanda (Angola) in the north southwards to the east of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). Being one of the four major eastern boundary coastal up-welling ecosystems of the world, the ecosystem's distinctive bathymetry, hydrography, chemistry and trophodynamics combine to make the BCLME one of the most productive and bio-diverse ocean areas in the world.

The area also holds rich deposits of minerals, as well as oil and gas reserves. The natural beauty of the coastal regions, many of which are still pristine, has also enabled the development of significant tourism in some areas. The countries sharing the ecosystem are working together within the GEF-funded BCLME project, which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in the multi-national Benguela Environment Fisheries Interaction and Training (BENEFIT) research project, in order to bring about integrated, sustainable management and use of the resources.