Theme 2003: Underwater Cultural Heritage

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was created on 18th April 1982 by ICOMOS and approved by the UNESCO General Conference. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

This year, to mark the 18th April, ICOMOS encourages its National Committees, its International Scientific Committees and members to organise activities to promote the ICOMOS Charter and UNESCO Convention and to foster the conservation and protection of all underwater cultural heritage - whether it is located under the seas, in rivers, lakes, etc.




UNESCO website on legal protection
for underwater cultural heritage

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