Forum of Southeast Asia Ministries of Culture on Underwater Heritage

When :

from Tuesday 5 November, 2019
to Saturday 9 November, 2019

Type of event :

Consultative Meeting

Where :

Jakarta and Belitung, Indonesia

Contact :

Ms Chihiro NISHIKAWA (e-mail:

ASEAN and UNESCO convene a meeting of ASEAN Ministries of Culture entitled "Safeguarding and Reviving the Shared Maritime Cultural Heritage of South-East Asia" to discuss existing initiatives and opportunities to collaborate on safeguarding shared maritime cultural heritage in Southeast Asia
This meeting will be a unique opportunity for ASEAN countries to discuss the potential of maritime heritage to act as a driver of scientific, cultural and economic development, as well as to exchange ideas for international cooperation and measures to enhance the protection and revitalization of this valuable heritage.
UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Heritage plays a major role in fostering cooperation among stakeholders to protect this valuable form of heritage from destruction and commercial exploitation. Combined with the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, it will provide ideal protection on the maritime heritage lying on the seabed of the oceans, establishing an alarm system and legal safekeeping.