The 2001 Convention is supported financially or in kind by the following donors : 

  • Belgium/Flanders
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • France
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland 
  • Slovenia



National Competent Authorities in States Parties

In conformity with Article 22 of the Convention, States Parties must establish or strengthen, as appropriate, competent authorities to undertake the establishment, conservation and updating of an inventory of underwater cultural heritage, and to ensure the efficient protection, preservation, presentation and management of underwater cultural heritage, as well as the necessary research and education. States Parties should inform the Director-General of the names and addresses of these competent authorities. 

List of Competent Authorities:


  • Musée public national maritime et le patrimoine culturel subaquatique
    Ms Amel Mokrani

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Director: Lidija Mićić

Tel: (+387) 033 254 131

Fax: (+387) 033 254 181



Address: Vuka Karadžića 4 / VI 78000 Banja Luka Republic of Serbian Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel: (+387) 051 247 419
Fax: (+387) 051 247 545




  • Mme Gislaine DEVILLERS

1ère Attachée,

Agence wallonne du patrimoine


  • Dr. Marnix PIETERS

Research Director Archaeology

Flanders Heritage Agency

Havenlaan 88 bus 5, B-1000 Brussels

Tel. :+(32) 2 553 16 72

M : +(32) 477 56 02 88

skype :


  • Ms Kim Meeus

Advisor North Sea

Cabinet Vincent Van Quickenborne

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, in charge of the North Sea



  • National Heritage Board

    Ms Maili Roio
    Adviser on underwater archaeology
    Pikk 2, 1023 Tallinn


  • Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques and Sous-Marines (DRASSM)

Ministry of Culture

Director: Arnaud SCHAUMASSE

147, Plage de l'Estaque. 13016. Marseille

Tel: (+33) 04 91 14 28 00

Fax: (+33) 04 91 14 28 14


Director e-mail



Website Library


  • Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH)



Director: Lawer Hector Manrique Portillo Machuca

Director e-mail

Head of the Archaeology Unit of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH)

M. Oscar  Neil Cruz



  • Dr. Mosayeb Amiri

Director, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of the

Islamic Republic of Iran

Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT)

N° 2, opposite National Museum of Iran, Si-Tir St., Imam Khomeini

St., Tehran, 1136913431

e-mail  ; e-mail

Tel.: Director’s Office: +982166737003

Tel.: Institute: +982166736452


  • General Secretariat - Service II - UNESCO Office

Director: Mrs. Mariassunta Peci

Officer in charge: Mr. Alessandro Asta

Responsibilities: coordination of activities at European and international level,

and coordination of relations with UNESCO in the implementation of the 2001 Convention


  • National Superintendence of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Superintendent: Mrs. Barbara Davidde

Responsibilities: Direction and coordination of national protection activities,

management and promotion of the underwater cultural heritage



  • National Council for Scientific Research

Mr. Iskandar Sursock

Scientific Advisor


Tel: + 961 330 9932




  • Secretaría de Cultura

          Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)

          Subdirección de Arqueología Subaquática CNA -INAH

Websites :

Moneda16, Col. Centro, Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc, C. P. 06060,

Ciudad de México,


Tel: (+52) 555522-7364 y (+52) 555522-7888


Helena Barba Meinecke's email


  • Montenegro Communications should be addressed to the National Commission for UNESCO


  • Centre National d'Etudes et de Recherches en Archéologie Subaquatique

Mr Azzeddine KARRA

Tel : +212 661 859 615



  • Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation

Deputy Director (Culture): Mr Augustus Babajide Ajibola

Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase II, Block E Room 231,



Tel: +234 (0) 803 301 8985



  • Underwater Heritage Department

Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Director : Mr. Ayoub AL Bousaidi


Tel: 0096899048421


  • Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INAC)

M. Roxana Pino

B.P. 0816-07812 Panamá 5,

República de Panamá



  • Dirección General de Protección y Conservación de los Recursos Hídricos Secretaría del Ambiente

Avda. Madame Lynch

3500 Asunción


Tel: (+595) 21 61 58 11 

Fax: (595) 21 61 58 11  



  • Monuments Preservation Department. Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland

Mrs Agnieszka Szymczyk

Tel: +48 22 21 21 102

ul. Ksawerów 13

02-656 Warsaw


Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Maritime Affairs

Mr. Marc Williams : Director of Maritime Affairs

C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Site 


St. Kitts

Tel: 1-869-467-1903


Saudi Arabia

  • Director General of Archaeological Research and Studies Center

Mr. Abdullah Saud Al-Saud

Tel: +966114096637

Mobile: +96650525618



  • Ministry of Culture

Cultural Heritage Directorate

Maistrova ulica 10

1000 Ljubljana


Tel.: +386 1 400 79 00


South Africa

  • South African Heritage Resources Agency

Ms Lesa La Grange

111 Harrington Street

Cap Town


Tel: (021) 462 4502



  • María Agúndez Lería

    Deputy Director General

    Subdirectorate General of Management and Coordination of Cultural Assets

    General Directorate of Fine Arts

    Ministry of Culture and Sport


    Tel.: + (34) 91 70 17 054


  • Federal Office of Culture

Section Baukultur

Hallwylstr. 15

3003 Bern

Tel.  +41 58 462 86 25


The central executive authority in the sphere of the protection of the cultural heritage.


Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO

ICUA of Zadar

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) was established in Zadar, Croatia as a Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in October 2007.

The Centre's main mission is to carry out conservation, restoration and educational activities, but it will also work to promote the ratification and implementation of the 2001 Convention by developing and sharing the most modern research methods in underwater archaeology, conservation and restoration, as well as training and knowledge in this field. It will operate in accordance with the principles of the Convention and its Annex and will also contribute to capacity building nationally and internationally.

For more information, visit the ICUA website.





The 2001 Convention is supported by several university chairs. These specific university departments support the implementation of the 2001 Convention at a university level and raise awareness of the scientific methodologies of underwater cultural heritage research. 

  • UNESCO Chair on Underwater Cultural Heritage (Egypt)
  • UNESCO Chair "the Oceans Heritage" (Portugal)
  • Chaire UNESCO en Archéologie maritime et littorale (France)


UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology

The UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology aims to increase the capacity of participating countries through international cooperation. It will strengthen the protection and research of underwater cultural heritage by formally linking universities and professional training institutions working in the field of underwater archaeology. This will provide a bridge between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy makers.  

The UNITWIN network of underwater archaeology brings together the most prestigious education and research programs in the discipline. If you are interested in archaeology and wish to specialize in underwater cultural heritage here, you have a list of the members of this Network and their programs.

For more information on the statutes, meetings and activities, visit the UNITWIN Network website.  

List of Full Members of the UNITWIN Network  

Accredited NGOs

The NGOs have an invaluable knowledge of current practices and issues in the field of underwater archaeology. They can directly facilitate the development of underwater archaeology at a national, regional and international level. NGOs also play an important role in the dissemination of the ethical principles and guidelines of the 2001 Convention.

The Meeting of States Parties and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body cooperate with accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) having activities related to the scope of the Convention. This cooperation is crucial as NGOs work directly in the field and with national authorities around the world.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) is the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services. The IOC enables its Member States to work together to protect the health of our shared ocean by coordinating programmes in areas such as ocean observations, tsunami warnings and marine spatial planning.  

Since its creation in 1960, the IOC has served as a focal point for all other UN agencies working to understand and improve the management of our oceans, coasts and marine ecosystems. Today, the IOC is helping all its Member States to build their scientific and institutional capacity to achieve UN Goal 14 for sustainable development, which is to conserve and sustainably manage ocean and marine resources by 2030. 

By applying this knowledge, the Commission aims to improve the governance, management, institutional capacity and decision-making processes of its Member States with respect to marine resources and climate variability. It also aims to promote the sustainable development of the marine environment, with particular attention to developing countries. 

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development

The United Nations has proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). This initiative aims to mobilize the scientific community, policy makers, business, and civil society around a common agenda for research and technological innovation. 

The proclamation of this Decade is the culmination of efforts by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO to foster international cooperation in the ocean sciences. It will coordinate programmes in research, observing systems, capacity development, marine spatial planning and marine risk reduction in order to improve the management of ocean resources and coastal areas. 

By providing both natural and innovative solutions to the planet's major challenges, from climate change to poverty eradication, the development of ocean sciences is essential to the social, economic and environmental balance of the planet. This Decade will provide an international framework for coordination and partnerships that will strengthen marine science research capacity and technology transfer. 

The decade of Ocean Science will accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources.