The Benguela Current Convention (BCC) GeoData Portal is an online digital platform that stores and provides access
to geospatial information (and related documents) on the marine environment and human societies in the Benguela
Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Its two primary objectives are:
(1) to support integrated ocean governance on the regional and national levels
(2) to support access and sharing of spatial data of the BCC contracting parties Angola, Namibia and South Africa
Its contents are directed towards organisations and professionals with responsibilities for conducting analyses,
providing advice and/or making decisions on the governance and management of the marine environment at the
regional, sub-regional and national levels. In South Africa, the National Oceans and Coastal Information Management
System (OCIMS) Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Decision Support Tool provides consolidated view of data sources that
can inform MSP.
Development of the BCC GeoData Portal is supported by the Benguela Current Marine Spatial Management and Governance Project (MARISMA). The project is a partnership between the Benguela Current Convention (BCC), its Contracting Parties Angola, Namibia and South Africa, and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in pursuit of the sustainable development of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME). The MARISMA Project is implemented by the BCC, the Governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The MARISMA Project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). The BMUV supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
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