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This chapter looks at legislation pertaining to, and the management of, underwater cultural heritage (UCH) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in association with the proposed management regime under the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001. Some of the main aims of the UNESCO Convention 2001 are to preserve sites in situ, to stop commercial exploitation of sites and artifacts, and to ensure that, where excavation is permitted, it is carried out in accordance with international best practice, i.e. the Rules contained in the Annex to the Convention. The aims of the Convention are consistent with how sites in the FSM and particularly the World War II sites in Chuuk are managed, given dive tourism as an important industry in the economy of the region.

Keywords: Chuuk; Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); underwater cultural heritage (UCH); UNESCO Convention



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