The Managing Cultural Heritage Under Water Project ('MACHU') aims at making information about underwater cultural heritage accessible through the construction of a GIS based Decision Support System which will act as a database for research, and as a web-based interface for increasing access.
International Seabed Authority (ISA)
The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was opened for signature at Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 10 December 1982. It entered into force 12 years later, on 16 November 1994. A subsequent agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the Convention and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was adopted on 28 July 1994 and entered into force on 28 July 1996.
The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA)
The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) serves as an international advisory body on issues relating to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resources management. It is working to educate scholars, governments, sport divers, and the general public about underwater archaeology and the preservation of underwater resource.
AIMA (Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology)
The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) is dedicated to the promotion of maritime archaeology and supports scientific research and publications in the field.
Alexandria Underwater Museum
A project for the establishment of an underwater museum in Alexandria, Egypt, is currently in the planning phase.
The castle of Bodrum is the home of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. It hosts a vast collection of artefacts recovered from historic wrecks dicovered along Turkey's southern shores and an ancient Phoenician shipwreck. It represents one of the most popular sites for cultural tourism in Turkey.
CMAS - International Federation for Underwater Activities
The "World Confederation of Underwater Activities" (C.M.A.S.) was established in 1959.
Study Group on naval archaeology.
ICUCH - International Committee for the Underwater Cultural Heritage
ICOMOS is cooperation partner of UNESCO. The ICOMOS International Committee for the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) was established as an ICOMOS committee in 1991 to promote international cooperation in the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage management and to advise ICOMOS on underwater cultural heritage issues. ICUCH assisted in the drafting of the 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and continues to lobby for its ratification. ICUCH also provides a forum for debate and information exchange among maritime archaeologists, other professionals, and decision-makers involved in the management of underwater cultural heritage. ICUCH members are mainly experienced underwater archaeologists.
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 167 Member States and three Associate Members. IMO is based in the United Kingdom.
The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS)
The Nautical Archaeology Society is a non-government organisation formed to further interest in underwater cultural heritage. It is dedicated to advancing education in nautical archaeology at all levels; to improving techniques in excavating, conservation and reporting; and to encouraging the participation of members of the public at all stages. It is a registered charity based in the UK, with strong links to sister organisations around the world.
Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea - United Nations (UN/OLA/DOALOS)
The Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is Scandinavia's most visited museum, located in Stockholm, capital of Sweden. The Museum was inaugurated in 1990. In the large shiphall stands the restaurated wreck of the warship Vasa - the only remaining, intact 17th century ship in the world.