Hotel Cattaro - Kotor, Montenegro
23 April 2024
Interreg WRECKS4ALL 2.0 Conference "The Future of the Adriatic Past - Challenges of the Adriatic Underwater Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development"

The Adriatic Sea holds a wealth of underwater archaeological sites, from ancient shipwrecks to submerged archaeological landscapes. With the increasing interest in maritime cultural heritage, there is a growing need for responsible and sustainable management of these precious resources. 

The conference titled "The Future of the Adriatic Past - Challenges of the Adriatic Underwater Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development" will take place on April 23, 2024, at Hotel Cattaro in Kotor.

The WRECKS4ALL 2.0 conference brings together scientists, practitioners, decision-makers, and stakeholders to discuss innovative approaches and best practices for the protection and promotion of the Adriatic underwater cultural heritage. Conference participants are eminent experts from the countries of the Adriatic region, from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania.

Conference topics include: Case studies and success stories in managing the underwater cultural heritage of the Adriatic, sustainable tourism models and best practices for underwater cultural heritage sites in the Adriatic, conservation and preservation of Adriatic underwater archaeological sites within the framework of tourism valorization, community engagement and stakeholder involvement in managing the Adriatic underwater cultural heritage, policy frameworks and legal aspects of protecting and managing the underwater cultural heritage, innovative technologies for mapping, documenting, interpreting, and promoting submerged cultural landscapes, educational and outreach initiatives to raise awareness about underwater cultural heritage.

The conference "The Future of the Adriatic Past - Challenges of the Adriatic Underwater Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development" is part of the project "Capitalization by transferring to new territories the WRECKS4ALL model for the protection of underwater heritage through its digitalization and valorization as a novel touristic offer" WRECKS4ALL 2.0, co-funded by The Interreg IPA South Adriatic, a cross-border cooperation Programme co-funded by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA III). 

The University of Montenegro is the lead partner on the project, and the project is implemented by the Laboratory for Maritime Archaeology, Faculty of Maritime Studies, Kotor. Project partners are University of Salento, Municipality of Campomarino from Italy and Municipality of Vlora from Albania.

09.00 - 09.30
09.30 – 10.00
Welcome speeches
Sanja Peković Vice-Rector for Internationalisation University of Montenegro Representative of EU Delegation to Montenegro (TBC) Slađana Pešić National Contact Point - Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro Ministry of European Affairs of Montenegro  Milena Ražnatović Advisor for International Cooperation Ministry of Culture and Medi
10.10 – 10.30
Keynote speakers
Eduardo Planche, Chief of UNESCO Unit 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage UNESCO Kalliopi Baika, Chair of UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater archaeology UNESCO
10.30 - 11.25
Darko Kovačević - The effect of the WRECKS4ALL Project on underwater cultural heritage tourism and its transferability to new territories Mijana Matošević online - Challenges of developing diving tourism in the destination Kalliopi Baika - Multi-dimensional models for sustainable growth of cultural and natural tourism in coastal and maritime regions
11:25 – 11:45
Coffee brake
11:45 - 13:40
Andrej Gaspari - Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Adriatic Sea and Inland Waters of Slovenia: Between research, management and inclusive public access Massimo Capulli - Tourism and underwater cultural heritage. What development is really possible in the Upper Adriatic? Vedran Dorušić - Straton project: Innovative approach to the research, protection and inclusion of underwater cultural heritage in tourist offer Irena Radić Rossi - Research and protection of the ancient shipwreck site at Cape Letavica, island of Pag, Croatia Saša Denegri online - Valorization of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the republic of Croatia Tea Katunarić - Research, protection and promotion of underwater cultural heritage in Croatia, examples of good practices of cooperation between underwater archaeologists and the local community
13:40 – 14.40
Lunch break
14.40 - 16.30
Rita Auriemma - Apulian seascapes and the challenge of valorization: ESAC and the 'Sailing the Sea' project Danilo Leone online - The FISH.&C.H.I.P.S. project. Cultural Heritage, Landscapes and Participated Societies Fabio Galeandro - The sea into the Museum. The new exhibition Egnazia e il mare. Barbara Davidde online - The MUSAS project for the study and enhancement of Underwater Cultural Heritage" Artur Meçollari - Albanian sea, rich in underwater heritage, but poor with its tourism management. Valeria Parracino - Enhancing underwater historical tourism in Vlora region through development cooperation projects. The curious case of NaturAlbania BLUE project  
16.30 – 17.00
Coffee break
17.00 – 18.30
Panel discussion
Eduardo Planche, Kalliopi Baika, Irena Radić Rossi, Vedran Dorušić, Rita Auriemma, Massimo Capulli, Andrej Gaspari, Artur Mecollari, Darko Kovačević
18.30 – 20.00
VR Showroom visit
WRECKS4ALL VR Showroom at Faculty of Maritime Studies
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