UNESCO and the World Underwater Federation (CMAS) join their forces to safeguard the underwater cultural heritage.

Divers are that part of the society that is in constant contact with the underwater environment. They are among the first persons to interact with underwater cultural sites found on the seabed. UNESCO and CMAS agree that the education and involvement of divers in the protection and enjoyment of this precious and delicate heritage is crucial. It is considered a significant element of the new underwater cultural heritage protection management model developed in accordance with the 2001 Convention.

UNESCO and CMAS will endeveour to make divers aware of the fragility of submerged heritage and the need to follow the UNESCO Code of Ethics when diving on such underwater archaeological sites. The education and committment of new and experienced divers around the world will help to safeguard that part of human history that is hidden on the bed of our oceans.

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