International Conference in Management of Accessible Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites: “Dive in Blue Growth”

​​BLUEMED project with the support of the Med Sustainable Tourism Community are organizing the International Conference in Management of Accessible Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, “Dive in Blue Growth”, under the auspices of Η.Ε. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

Coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean are tourism-based economies with important natural and cultural assets that are located underwater and, because of their geomorphic characteristics, are vulnerable to the impacts of extreme climatic conditions. They are faced with common challenges: a) lack of coordinated policies, methods and tools, adapted to support sustainable economic development, b) ineffective protection of their underwater natural and cultural heritage and inability to use it as an asset for sustainable and responsible tourism development, c)in sufficient measures to tackle impacts of extreme climatic conditions.

Within the framework of sustainable tourism in Med area, the Conference is an opportunity for underwater archaeologists, public organizations, local governments and authorities, universities, marine researchers, NGOs, tourist organizations, management authorities of diving parks, industry players in underwater technologies and dry dive experiences to exchange views on problems and solutions that are focused in underwater natural and cultural heritage.

The Conference topics are:
a) Management and protection of accessible Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites and
UCH diving parks
b) Initiatives for sustainable Blue tourism through accessible UCH sites and diving parks
c) Technologies for offering dry dive experiences to non-divers

The International Conference “Dive in Blue Growth” is addressed to the academic and research community, public and private institutions, local authorities, managing authorities, manufacturers, and end users who would like to be informed and participate actively in the discussions on the future of Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage.

The Conference will take place at the Amphitheater of Acropolis Museum on 16-18 October.

Programme of the Conference

Attendance to the Conference is free by registering on the Conference website: