17.09.2009 -

Underwater Cultural Heritage : Experts & professionals from the region meet in Zadar

UNESCOVENICE News (Croatia) 17/09/2009 : In the framework of the project “Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future”, the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) will hold an international seminar entitled"Underwater Cultural Heritage" dedicated to the protection and promotion of underwater cultural heritage from 1-4 October 2009 in Zadar (Croatia). 

The Seminar, organised by ICUA in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and with the support of the UNESCO Office in Venice, has the main objective to present and share good practices on the protection, management, and promotion of underwater cultural heritage, with a special attention given to the implementation of theUNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001). ICUA has recently been recognised as a UNESCO Centre cat. II in its functions of an independent institution responsible for the protection of underwater heritage with special focus on the Adriatic and Mediterranean basin. The activities of the Center will also be introduced during the seminar. 

The support offered by UNESCO to the seminar is part of the activities promoted by UNESCO-BRESCE for the enhancement of cultural heritage as a factor of dialogue and sustainable development in South-Eastern Europe. Within this framework, the seminar also aims at promoting ICUA as regional centre of excellence in its specific filed of action, in agreement with the joint Declaration approved by the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe (Bucharest 2008). 

Participating experts and representatives from a large number of Mediterranean, European, and SEE countries will present and exchange knowledge and experiences, as well as make proposals for the future work of ICUA.

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