UNESCO Capacity-Building Programme on Underwater Cultural Heritage Protection

UNESCO©, Training course in survey and recording techniques, Guanabo, Cuba (5-10 March, 2012)

One of the major concerns of UNESCO is the establishment of research methodologies that follow international and scientific standards in activities directed at underwater cultural heritage. In order to obtain proper protection, preservation and research of this heritage, it is necessary to count with trained professionals that -along with an appropriate legal framework- safeguard the concerned sites.

UNESCO is committed to this cause through diverse capacity building programmes organized either by its Headquarters or field offices in collaboration with its partners. These introduction courses provide Member States with the first tools and capacities needed to identify, study, evaluate and manage the underwater cultural heritage in conformity with the Convention and the international scientific standards. 

Training courses on Underwater Cultural Heritage protection and underwater archaeology organized by UNESCO:

  • Africa

    Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam (2007)
    South Africa, Robben Island (2010)
    Turkey, Kemer (2015) - UNITWIN Training for the African and Arab Countries
    Kenya, Mombasa (2015)
    Madagascar, Salary (2016)

  • Asia and the Pacific

    The Asia-Pacific Regional Capacity-Building Programme on Underwater Cultural Heritage - UNESCO Bangkok

  • Arab States

    Turkey, Kemer (2015) - UNITWIN Training for the African and Arab Countries

  • Europe and North America

    Croatia, Zadar (2008 - 2016)
    Poland, Gdansk (2010)
    Spain, Cartagena (2011)
    Turkey, Antalya (2011)

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

    Mexico, Campeche (2010)
    Colombia, Bogota (2011)
    Cuba, Guanabo (2012)
    Port Royal, Jamaica (2012)
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013)
    St. Eustatius (2014)
    Colombia, Cartagena de Indias (2015)

Underwater archaeology courses provided by UNESCO's partnering organizations:

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