The Underwater Cultural Heritage comprises all the remains of human existence of cultural, archaeological or historic nature that are or have been underwater, in oceans, rivers or lakes, either completely or partially, in a periodic or continuous manner for at least 100 years. Throughout the centuries, thousands of vessels and entire cities have been swallowed by the waves. Their remains constitute an extremely valuable heritage that calls the attention of researchers and general public as well.
Under Latin American and Caribbean waters lie countless material vestiges from both ancient and recent times in oceans, rivers, lakes and cenotes. More information
UNESCO puts forward normative, ethical and operational measures to improve the protection of underwater cultural heritage, while serving at the same time as forum for discussion and exchange among its Member States to potentiate international cooperation that would benefit all. This objective is achieved through the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
The UNESCO Havana Office contributes to all these objectives through a group of actions: