Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation

The mandate to create an action plan for the common heritage in the Baltic Sea States was included in the Lübeck Declaration adopted by the 3rd Conference of the CBSS Ministers of Culture (Lübeck, 22 Sept. 1997). In accordance with this decision, a working group of senior heritage experts,  the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation, was established in April 1998.

The work is organised in four subgroups under the supervision of the Monitoring Group:

  • Building preservation and Maintenance in practice - Its aim is to ensure accessibility to traditional materials of the region for conservation needs. This also includes information to building sector professionals, to owners of cultural property and to the general public.
  • Underwater Heritage - Its aim is to study the implications and possible content of a regional agreement to protect underwater cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea. This includes the prohibition of CBSS nationals and ships flying member-state flags from interfering with historic wrecks and archaeological structures.
  • Coastal Culture and Maritime Heritage - The aim is to deepen the cooperation between authorities concerning the coastal culture and its development and to draw the attention to the strategies for sustainable use of coastal areas. Special attention should be given to documentation and presentation of coastal culture in terms of research and exhibitions.
  • Sustainable historic towns - Its aim is to coordinate networks, seminars, training and information on the subject.