23.05.2018 - Culture Sector

New milestone with the 60th ratification of the 2001 Convention

© UNESCO/Savegre Mangrove (Costa Rica)

Following a national meeting in August 2017, which took place in the Spanish cultural center of San José, Costa Rica has ratified the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The ratification of Costa Rica is the 60th ratification of the Convention globally and the 20th ratification of the GRULAC States.

With the ratification of the 2001 Convention Costa Rica follows a majority of States from the Latin-American and Caribbean region. This legal instrument has already been ratified by Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Costa Rica has plenty of natural treasures, most at plain sight, but the country also has its share of underwater treasures like the shipwreck of Punta Cahuita in Limón, the native burial site La Regla located in in the Mangrove area of the Nicoya Gulf and La Malla in the Tivives mangrove. These sites among many others are the ones that the country is striving to protect with the help of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Becoming party to the Convention gives Costa Rica now access to international cooperation in underwater archaeology and brings the best international standards of protection and research to its archaeological sites under water.  It will also promote the training of Costa Rican archeologists in the field of underwater heritage and raise public awareness.




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