Underwater Heritage

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The island of Vele Orijule

Underwater Cultural Heritage encompasses all traces of human existence that lie or were lying under water and have a cultural or historical character.

Recognizing the urgent need to preserve and protect such heritage, UNESCO elaborated in 2001 the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

UNESCO proclaimed the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar as a regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO. 

International Centre for Underwater Archaeology

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International Centre for Underwater Archaeology Logo

Opened in 2007 as an organizational unit of the Croatian Conservation Institute,  ICUA was legally recognized as an independent institution in January 2009. Croatia was among the first countries to ratify the UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage from 2001. UNESCO proclaimed the Centre in Zadar as a regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO. 

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Underwater Heritage

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Cavtat isle Supetar, roman shipwreck

Articles, publications and more :

  • Heritage at Risk: "Underwater Cultural Heritage at Risk: Managing Natural and Human Impacts" More
  • Submerged memory the UNESCO Courier on underwater cultural heritage More
  • MUSEUM International on Underwater Cultural Heritage More
  • World of Science - Article on Underwater Cultural Heritage More
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage More
  • Information Kit on the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage More

Educational Campaign

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Dive Olly Dive!

Teaming up with Dive Olly Dive! the preschool animated series selected by UNESCO as part of its new educational campaign to teach children and youth about the importance and beauty of the world’s rich underwater cultural heritage. The submarine Olly and his friends will soon introduce children to the protection of sunken shipwrecks, ancient ruins and submerged caves on UNESCO's website and in the Dive Olly Dive cartoon series - More

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