Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

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Site protection by a metal cage in Croatia

The underwater cultural heritage faces a wide numerous of threats and negative impacts that endanger its preservation. Concerned by the level of submerged heritage destruction, especially with the development of the technologies that provide easy access to the bottom of our seas and oceans, UNESCO Member States adopted in 2001 the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The protection of underwater cultural heritage is at the heart of this Convention, together with its public enjoyment and the fight against its commercial exploitation, wherever it is found. 

The current section provides information on the different impacting factors that affect the underwater culture heritage as well as the efforts made by the international community to mitigate them and preserve it for the enjoyment of current and future generations. It will also cover the different lines of action that UNESCO has put in place in terms of capacity-building, assistance missions given to the States Parties or UNESCO’s emergency preparedness and responses.  


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