How and Why will Underwater Cultural Heritage Benefit from the 2001 Convention?
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2009
© UNESCO 2009. Published by UNESCO Publishing and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 50–62, December 2008
How to Cite
Maarleveld, T. J. (2008), How and Why will Underwater Cultural Heritage Benefit from the 2001 Convention?. Museum International, 60: 50–62. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0033.2008.00666.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2009
The 2001 Convention benefits underwater cultural heritage in various ways: it takes into account the interests of sites and those of the parties concerned and shows that heritage, while fragile, is nevertheless manageable if its conservation, access and development answer to rules of good professional conduct. The Convention does not aim to prevent considerate action; on the contrary it supports areas of agreement for the sharing of information, stressing, in particular, that the protection of this heritage is the business of all, as it belongs to the whole of humanity. Underwater cultural heritage has already started to benefit from this legal instrument. The general philosophy that it articulates has begun to guide certain government decisions since its adoption in 2001, a process that will be extended to other States when the Convention is ratified and comes into force.