Commission for UNESCO initiated a consultation meeting in Jakarta on 12 May 2010. Some 15 participants attended this meeting including officials from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Law and Human Right as well as other institutions which are members of the National Committee for Salvage and Utilization of Valuable Objects from Sunken Ship for the Republic of Indonesia, and UNESCO Office Jakarta—which was represented by the Director and Representative and the Programme Specialist for Culture.
As a follow-up of these meetings, a national Workshop on the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was jointly-organized by Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Marine affairs and Fisheries, the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Office Jakarta on 02 June 2010 in Jakarta with participation of relevant Indonesian Ministries, agencies, experts, institutions and media. The workshop was aimed at reaching a common understanding on the importance of the protection of the underwater cultural heritage, at identification of possible bottle-necks and challenges, and at developing an agreed prioritized action plan.
An outcome and recommendations from the workshop discussion was formulated by Formulation Team members from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesian experts and UNESCO Office, Jakarta. It was further decided to continue dialogue with Formulation Team members to identify concrete actions and steps to be proposed.
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