Ministers to meet on the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the Latin American and Caribbean region

UNESCO and the Peruvian Ministry of Culture invite to a Regional Ministerial Meeting to take place in Lima, Peru on 16/17 October 2013. The high-level meeting will look into current issues of the protection and research of submerged heritage, but also evaluate its potentials for development, education and tourism.

The meeting will be a high-point after a series of eleven regional meetings, which were organized since 2002 and which gathered the region’s political leaders and scientific experts.  It acknowledges the steady increase of threats to underwater archaeological sites, especially through pillaging and commercial exploitation, but also the not yet used potential of underwater cultural heritage in terms of scientific research and recreational use. The meeting will help to create policies to apply better safeguarding strategies for this common heritage of humanity.