Arial shot of surfers paddling over large school of fish

Introducing the New CHFP Website: A Platform to Unite Cultural Heritage and Ocean Science

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to advocate for the integration and preservation of cultural heritage within marine policy, research, and conservation. Through our website, we are providing a hub for advocacy, technical advice, multidisciplinary research support, capacity building, Ocean Literacy initiatives, and public engagement.

Why Cultural Heritage and the Ocean?

The ocean and coasts hold a repository of cultural heritage spanning millennia. From ancient maritime traditions to indigenous knowledge systems, our oceans are brimming with invaluable cultural treasures and approaches to living harmoniously with the sea. However, these cultural legacies are increasingly threatened by various challenges, including climate change, pollution, and unsustainable human activities.

Recognising the intrinsic connection between cultural heritage and the ocean, our programme endeavours to bridge the gap between heritage and marine conservation. By integrating cultural perspectives into ocean initiatives, we strive for a more holistic and sustainable approach to safeguarding our marine and coastal ecosystems for future generations. Not only can past human interaction with the ocean inform our current situation – but it also helps address future challenges, develop resilience, and motivate sustainable adaptation.

Two woman in Tanzania practice traditional weaving
Green turtle swims underwater
Beautiful lagoon in New Caledonia
Ship Wreckage in San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

What Can You Expect from Our Website?

  • Decade Involvement Opportunities: Begin the process of becoming an endorsed project via the CHFP, or collaborate with the CHFP through our events, webinars, and additional activities.
  • Advocacy: Stay informed about our advocacy efforts aimed at promoting policies and initiatives that protect cultural heritage and the marine environment.
  • Technical Advice: Access expert advice and resources on preserving cultural heritage sites in coastal and marine environments.
  • Multidisciplinary Research Support: Explore our support for research projects that explore the intersection of cultural heritage and ocean science, fostering collaboration across diverse fields of study.
  • Capacity Building: Learn about training opportunities and capacity-building programmes aimed at empowering communities to actively participate in cultural heritage and ocean conservation efforts.
  • Ocean Literacy: Discover educational resources and initiatives designed to enhance public understanding of the vital connection between cultural heritage and the ocean.
  • Public Engagement: Engage with us through interactive features, events, and outreach activities aimed at fostering a global community dedicated to preserving our oceanic cultural heritage.

As we embark on this journey to integrate cultural heritage and ocean conservation, we invite you to explore our new website and join us in our mission. Together, we can work towards a future where the richness of our cultural heritage and the health of our oceans are protected for generations to come.

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