23.11.2016 - Culture Sector

The 2016 Dive for Peace Day, hosted in Cabo Verde on the 5th and 6th of November

The 2016 Dive for Peace Day, hosted in Cabo Verde on the 5th and 6th of November.

The Meeting of States Parties to the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage decided to organize special remembrance and scientific activities devoted to underwater cultural heritage from World War I on the occasion of the conflict’s Centenary. A special public event in this regard is a “Dive for Peace Day” organized worldwide annually from 2014 to 2018. It is supported by dive clubs and dive institutions worldwide, and invites divers of all levels to take part in commemorative dives discovering the material legacy of the First World War. Previous Dive for Peace Days include the 2014 exploration of the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse wreck, sunk off Dakhla, Morocco.

This year’s Dive for Peace Day took place on the 5th and 6th of November in Cabo Verde in the memory of Acary and Guahyba, two Brasilian ships that were torpedoed in November of 1917 at Porto Grande, São Vicente. The event was launched on the night of November 4th with a conference hosted by Mindelo University, which involved the participation of French underwater cameraman Erwan Savin and Moroccan activist Ahmed El Mamy. The event was a success, attracting friends and divers of underwater heritage, as well as media attention.

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