20.09.2016 - Culture Sector

UNESCO National Training Course and Community Education Workshop will foster the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Madagascar

Archaeologist evaluating the underwater sites at Sainte Marie, Madagascar, during the 2015 STAB assistance mission. © UNESCO/Osada/Drassm

October 2016 - UNESCO organizes a training and a local community workshop on the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Madagascar. These activities help the country to put in action the National Plan for the Implementation of the UNESCO 2001 Convention adopted in Antananarivo in December 2015.

UNESCO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Handicrafts of Madagascar, organizes a capacity-building workshop in Salary (Tuléar) from 3 to 8 October 2016 on the Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage. This activity, addressed to selected professionals working within culture administration, will focus on the evaluation of submerged archaeological sites, their threats, mitigation measures as well as on how to elaborate management plans following the international rules contained in the Annex of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The training will be followed by a Local Community Workshop in Sainte Marie Island from 10 to 15 October 2016. This activity, organized in coordination with the UNESCO accredited NGO CIE and ACHA (Centre for International Heritage Activities and the African Centre for Heritage Activities) and the Ministry of Culture and Handicrafts of Madagascar, will raise awareness among the population as well as will involve fishers, youth, divers, etc. in its protection in an area where treasure-hunting has already caused damage to underwater archaeological sites.

Madagascar received the assistance of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) to the 2001 Convention after becoming State Party in 2015. The mission of the STAB recommended to build capacities and to work with the coastal communities.  These recommendations are implemented by the above activities. 

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