07.04.2016 - Culture Sector

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) to the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage strengthens collaboration with the International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH)

C.J. Underwood, president of ICUCH (left) and Dolores Elkin, member of the UNESCO STAB (right)

The scientific and technical advisory body of UNESCO dealing with issues concerning the protection of the submerged heritage takes a step forward in its collaboration with NGOs

On 6 April the STAB’s former Chairperson, Dr Dolores Elkin, signed a contract concerning a close long term partnership with the president of the ICOMOS – International Committee for underwater cultural heritage (ICUCH), Dr Christopher John Underwood.

The STAB provides a task force helping States Parties in their implementation of the 2001 Convention. Its recent missions to Haiti, Madagascar and Panama have shown the importance of international cooperation and direct scientific assistance in order to protect the underwater cultural heritage. ICOMOS-ICUCH has on its side contributed significantly to the elaboration of the Rules for activities directed at the underwater cultural heritage contained in the Annex of the 2001 Convention.

The UNESCO Secretariat congratulates to the announced long-term engagement, which it trusts will bring fruitful results and will help achieving common goals, to the benefit of international cooperation in the protection of the underwater cultural heritage. 

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