Cabinet takes steps to protect underwater heritage

26 May 2011 7:51 AM | Anonymous

Cabinet takes steps to protect underwater heritage

Cabinet has given approval for the ratification by Jamaica of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Minister Olivia Grange said ratification of the Convention would give “added protection to Jamaica’s underwater cultural treasures such as those submerged in Port Royal and along the Pedro Cays, where we have already identified nine wrecks.”

The Convention requires States to preserve underwater cultural heritage, preferably in its original place; and encourages cooperation among states through training, education and research to protect this heritage, ensuring that it is not exploited.

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