U-Mar promoting Enhancing underwater archeology to make it an innovative tool for developing sustainable & creative tourism is a KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training – project co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The general aim of the project U-Mar is to develop the knowledge and the valorization of heritage related to underwater archaeology, through the following specific objectives:

  • Training professional figures with specific skills in underwater archaeology, how to valorize it and how to manage these cultural sites. The project will therefore train new experts capable of fostering the touristic offer of these sites from multiple points of view, by setting up an ad hoc innovative training course.
  • Developing sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism around underwater archaeology,
    improving the tourist-cultural offer and expanding the reference target of users. These objectives will be reached also by making underwater archaeology more accessible to people not willing or not able to dive or swim, by creating digital pathways to the sites and by developing interpretation centres on land.
  • Provide guidelines for organizations that want to develop strategies for enhancing the underwater archaeological heritage, with different possibilities of application depending on the context and with a particular focus on the creation of underwater archaeological itineraries, with their specific heritage and on the professional’s skills required.
  • Increase knowledge of the underwater archaeological heritage and the importance of its conservation and enhancement, not only by tourists, but above all by young people and
    local communities living in those territories.

Learning Unit 5
Creation of Cultural Underwater Itineraries

Underwater cultural itineraries, parks and museums are good model for dissemination and education of UCH sites to the diving community but may still remain remote and mysterious to non-divers. Local and national maritime museums, historical societies, and university programs can supplement local preserve systems by creating land-based interpretative venues that help in connecting UCH sites and their importance with local and national history.

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