UNESCO: Stop the Pillage & Destruction of Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites

Citation:  We would like to thank UNESCO for sharing this video on youtube.

This video focuses on the principles, rules and mechanisms on the Protection and Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites.  This is a good tool to help Stakeholders, Community, Environmentalist Groups, Volunteers and Advocates on Environment and Sustainable Development under which the Protection and Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage is included.

Conservation and Protection of Heritage sites and places is one of the major thrusts of Earthniversity.  Although this video was originally published in 2010, the principles, rules and mechanisms on how to protect and conserve the underwater cultural heritage sites and places remain the same.  Get some ideas from this video and apply it now to your local experience.  It is never too late to be involved.

Underwater Cultural Heritage is a common heritage of mankind. Let us help UNESCO in this endeavor.

Comment:

Do you have this site in your province or island?  In Negros Occidental there are few sites of sunken ships that carried loads of goods and may tell a story about our past.   For example in Maricalum Bay at Hinoba-an and in Sipalay.  There are identified dive sites of sunken ships that face the threats of Pillage and Destruction.  Help preserve and conserve them now.

Let us promote UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM the way Egypt and China do today.  Underwater archaeological trails are already existing in the United States, Italy, Canada, Israel, Australia and the Caribbean.  Let us learn from these best practices.

Clean Environment: Clean Land

Clean Environment: Clean Land

Land is a very important resource that can enhance the quality of life of any human being in any society in the planet Earth. The use of land must therefore be well planned. Each local government unit or state created laws that will govern the rational use of land. Others call it Land Use Act. Smaller units like towns and cities formulate their own Land Use Plan that is accompanied by a legal mechanism called the Zoning Ordinance.

Several uses of Land had been created and their location is governed by laws to make the town, city or community, look well organized. So, in the town, city, province or county, there are areas for residential use, industrial use, institutional use like schools, hospitals and others, commercial use, areas for parks and recreation as well as open spaces. There are protected areas that is home to national forest, beaches, an underground river where a 20 million years old Serenia fossil is found, heritage sites like caves where the remains of the Tabon Man was found, and so many others. Land should therefore be used properly so that the future generations will have more left for their use and enjoyment.


(Thank you to DENR. This video was uploaded on youtube by denr10org. Puerto Princesa Underground River has already been declared the 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO Heritage Site.)

How can we keep this resource clean? Land should not be allowed as the receiving end of pollution or any pollutants. Using fertilizers that can affect the sustainable use of land is not just right and it is not healthy for the land. Disturbing the land structure like mining can deform landscape that will influence erosion and flooding as in the case of flash floods and catastrophic flow of water from bald mountains which could result to the death of residents in that area.

Clean land implies caring for the land, using it properly, and control the development that will happen on it. That is why we have the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and rot or composting so that the wastes will be placed in the landfill and not just anywhere. We have River Life Protection Program because we want the waterways to be clean and not the dumping area for garbage. When the rivers and waterways are clean, we allow the living organism there to thrive. We have wastewater treatment plant, material recovery facility and so many environment related activities so that we can keep our environment and the land we live in clean and healthy. (Photo by Henry Lib, South of Guam Island)