Angola continues with legal definition of the continental shelf

7 March 2013

Angola is on its way to legally defining the size of its continental shelf due to the reasoning behind the scientific and legal arguments put forward to the Inter-ministerial commission for Delimitation and Demarcation of Angola’s Maritime Spaces (CIDDEMA), the Minister of Defence, who is the commission’s coordinator, said in Luanda.

During the 3rd seminar on the project to extend the Angolan continental shelf held in the Angolan capital the “minute of the sub-commission” was presented and, as it meets all requirements set out by the United Nations Convention on Sea Rights, will now be submitted to the United Nations Organisation for consideration.

The minister noted that the greed for rare marine species in the Angolan sea and continuous oil discoveries in territorial waters added to the need to improve and increase mechanisms for their protection. (macauhub)