Participation of the Kingdom of Morocco in the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APconf 5) in Gwangju, South Korea


At the invitation of the Organizing Committee of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Heritage (APConf 5), the Assalam Organization  for the Protection of Maritime Heritage participates in this regional conference, which is being held in its fifth edition in the city of Gwangju, South Korea, from November 13 to 18, 2023. This participation comes after the success of the International Coastal Forum in Dakhla, contributes to introducing the underwater heritage of Asia by hosting Asian countries.


The presentation presented by Cheikh El Mami Ahmed Bazaid, President of the Assalam Organization, included an introduction to the activities carried out by the Organization in response to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences, in addition to a presentation of a map showing historical European and Asian ships sunk on the coasts of the Kingdom of Morocco, in a way that contributes to making the Kingdom’s coasts a fertile ground for developing research. And international cooperation in order to uncover this human heritage.

Cheikh El Mami Ahmed Bazaid, President of the Peace Association, indicated that many institutions from Asia and the Pacific have expressed their readiness to participate in the next edition of the International Coastal Forum, and stressed that the Kingdom of Morocco  pay special attention to the Valorizing of the coast, which is what His Majesty King Mohammed VI expressed in his recent speech on the development and rehabilitation of the coast. Coastal area.

Morocco's presence in this regional meeting establishes Asian recognition of the International Coast Forum in Dakhla, which is organized by the association, and of the Kingdom of Morocco's participatory approach in dealing with the valorization of underwater cultural heritage.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage aims to address strategies for the management and protection of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indo-Pacific. It also enables deepening the discussion on the risks that threaten underwater heritage, such as climate change, in line with the Decade of the Oceans called for by the United Nations.

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