Heritage experts gathered have urged the national government to speedily ratify the UNESCO 2001 convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage.
The experts who met in in Malindi, Kilifi County said that the underwater cultural heritage was better placed for the sustainable exploitation of blue economy and tourism development.
Principal Secretary for Heritage Josephat Mukobe who graced the regional ministerial conference on the protection of underwater cultural heritage said the Indian Ocean was the next frontier in economic resources exploitation.
He said out of 13 countries in the region only Madagascar has ratified the UNESCO 2001 convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage.
The Chief Administrative Secretary for the ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage Hassan Noor Hassan said Kenya was committed to the ratification process.
Tanzanian deputy minister for natural resources and tourism John Kanyasu urged countries in the region to use of the world’s underwater cultural heritage change the scenario.
The UNESCO convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage adopted by the UNESCO general conference in 2001, enables states to better identify, research and protect their underwater cultural heritage for posterity.