September 2016 Mission to Madagascar


The UNESCO Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) is a crucial organ of the 2001 UNESCO Convention. Consisting of 12 elite experts in underwater archaeology and related fields, it provides advice to States Parties in questions of a scientific or technical nature related to underwater cultural heritage. States that lack underwater archaeologists, but face problems due to chance discoveries, treasure-hunting or scientific doubts, can call on the UNESCO STAB for assistance.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Body assists States by practical advice, but can also come to evaluate a site or an issue through a mission. A pre-condition is that the requesting State has ratified the 2001 Convention.

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