07.12.2016 - Culture Sector

Third African Regional Meeting on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage to be held in Mozambique (12-13 December 2016)

Archaeologists working on a site off the coast of Mombasa © A. Rey Da Silva / UNESCO

The African Region advances towards the better protection of its underwater cultural heritage and the fight against the commercial exploitation of the underwater traces of humanity.

The underwater cultural heritage of East and South Africa is a witness of the intercultural relations that through navigation and trade networks happened in the Indian Ocean and beyond as soon as the first millennium AD. This heritage is still much threaten by the actions of commercially-orientated underwater “salvage” groups as it has been underlined in the UNESCO Africa Regional Meetings of Abuja (Nigeria) in 2013 and Malindi (Kenya), in 2015.

With a view to monitor the implementation of the recommendations adopted in the above-mentioned meetings and to promote the ratification of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, UNESCO organizes the Third African Regional Meeting on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Maputo, Mozambique, on 12 and 13 December 2016.

The meeting is jointly organized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Mozambique. It will take stock of the progress made in safeguarding the underwater cultural heritage of Africa, while contributing to a discussion on how to ratify and implement the 2001 Convention drawing from national experiences.

The meeting will be preceded by a national community workshop in the Ilha de Moçambique on 8 December 2016.

The agenda of the meeting can be found here.

The workshop agenda can be found here.

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