16.01.2015 - Culture Sector

African countries meeting to protect the underwater cultural heritage in Kenya

© UNESCO AbujaFirst UNESCO African Regional Meeting, Nigeria, November 2013

UNESCO and the the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts of Kenya organizes the Second African Regional Meeting on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage will take place in Malindi (Kenya) from 24 to 26 March 2015

In order to raise awareness about the importance of underwater cultural heritage in Africa and foster its protection, a First Africa Regional Meeting on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage was organized in November 2013 by UNESCO and the Government of Nigeria. Through an African Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Underwater Cultural Heritage, participating countries agreed upon a collaborative approach in order to pool their financial and intellectual resources with a view to protecting their submerged heritage.

The meeting in Malindi will focus on the implementation of this Action Plan, stress the importance of ratifying the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage for those UNESCO Member States not yet party, increase awareness about such heritage and its potential for tourism, and facilitate collaboration among African countries. The aim is to build on and strengthen the progress achieved since the first meeting, and to promote a joint understanding and approach.

On the first and third days of the meeting, international experts in the fields of heritage law and underwater archaeology will give presentations on selected topics. The second day will be dedicated to an excursion and a networking event.

The meeting, sponsored by the Government of Kenya, will count with simultaneous interpretation in English and French and will gather representatives from African countries responsible for underwater archaeology, heritage management or policy making.

For more information, please contact Mr Marc Patry from the UNESCO Nairobi Office (ma.patry(at)unesco.org ).

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