UNESCO Regional Capacity Building Programme on Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific

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UNESCO Regional Capacity Building Programme on Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific

Subject

Session 6
Empowerment and relevance in maritime and underwater cultural heritage programs in developing countries

Description

In response to the recommendation of delegates and experts during the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (Hong Kong, Special Autonomous Region of China, November 2003), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is implementing a regional capacity building programme on underwater cultural heritage (UCH) in Asia and the Pacific through the establishment of a Regional Field Training Centre. Supported by the Norwegian Government, the programme aims to facilitate and enable the training of maritime archaeologists and conservation experts from Asia and the Pacific region in the proper safeguarding and management of UCH, in line with the principles of the 2001 Convention and the Rules of its Annex. Operated by the Government of Thailand, the Regional Field Training Centre is attached within the precinct of the Underwater Archaeology Division of the Fine Arts Department in Chanthaburi, Thailand. With the support of implementing partners including International Council of Monuments and of Sites - International Council of Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICOMOS-ICUCH), the Centre has successfully organized since 2009 three Foundation Courses and an Advanced Course on the application of Geographical Information systems (GIS) in underwater archaeology and cultural heritage management. The six-week Foundation Courses aim to bring regional experts of different academic backgrounds to a common level of understanding on the multi-disciplinary nature of UCH management. So far, the regional capacity building programme has benefitted seventy national experts from seventeen countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, including Kenya.

This paper will discuss the development of the regional capacity building programme, the training activities and projects in which the Centre is involved, future plans and efforts to sustain the Centre over the long term.

Creator

Ricardo L. Favis

Date

November 2011

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Citation

Ricardo L. Favis, “UNESCO Regional Capacity Building Programme on Safeguarding the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific ,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1213.

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