As a first of its kind the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Croatia, was granted the auspices of UNESCO by the General Conference in October 2007. This decision recognized that Croatia was among the first States to ratify the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. 

In addition, underwater archaeology in Croatia has made considerable progress in the last years and a qualified system for survey, research and protection of underwater archaeology sites and finds is about to be put into place. The focal point of these activities is the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, which opened in September 2007.

The main purpose of the Centre is to carry out conservation, restoration and education activities. It will however also promote the ratification and implementation of the 2001 Convention by developing and sharing state-of-the-art methods of research in underwater archaeology, conservation and restoration, training and knowledge. The Centre will operate respecting the principles of the Convention and its Annex and contribute to building capacity also in the other States of the region.

Website :

Link : Text of the Convention - 2001
Page : Underwater Heritage

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