Trinidad and Tobago Ratify 2001 UNESCO Underwater Heritage Convention

Posted on August 6, 2010

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On August 3, 2010, UNESCO announced that Trinidad and Tobago have ratified the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.  They are the 32nd state party to the 2001 Convention, and the treaty will go into force for Trinidad and Tobago on October 27, 2010.

The 2001 Convention has met with substantial controversy, particularly from developed nations.  One major objections is that the Convention does not adequately protect sovereign interests in military wrecks. Another is that the Convention extends jurisdiction over archaeological remains into the Exclusive Economic Zone, which unnecessarily extends maritime jurisdiction as defined by existing international law.

Tobago, in particular, is home to some interesting maritime archaeology, and features wreckage from naval battles that occurred during the late-17th century Dutch Wars.

Hat tip LCCHP.

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