Underwater Heritage

About us

The former projects of the Underwater Heritage Working Group have revealed that the underwater heritage assets of the Baltic Sea are unique even on the global scale if we perceive the Baltic Sea as one entity. The Working Group approved a Code of Good Practice for the Protection of the Underwater Heritage of the Baltic Sea, in order to enhance the protection of the fragile treasure which is under increased pressure from sea use. The flagship initiative develops further tools for the cross-sector engagement of protection and sustainable management of common heritage assets. 

The Working Group has surveyed and mapped the underwater heritage of the Baltic Sea as one entity beyond national registers and borders, and developed shared management recommendations, as well as a film on most significant underwater heritage objects in the Baltic Sea.

Working group members

Chair: Maili Roio, Estonia, [email protected]

Kasper Sparvath, Denmark[email protected]
Stefanie Klooss, Schleswig – Holstein[email protected]
Jens Auer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern[email protected]
Kaspars Markus Molls, Latvia[email protected]
Elena Pranckėnaitė, Lithuania[email protected]
Frode Kvalø, Norway[email protected]
Anna Rembisz-Lubiejewska, Poland[email protected]
Johan Runer, Sweden[email protected]
Marcus Lindholm, Aland Islands[email protected]
Sallamaria Tikkanen, Finland[email protected]

Main outcomes

  • Reference Group for the BSR Interreg funded BalticRIM -project (Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management) 2017-2020 
  • Reference Group for the CBSS Project Support Facility funded project Pro BSR, which produced “Maritime Heritage Action Plan 2015-2020”, and which resulted the BalticRIM -project 
  • Documentary film about the “100-list” referring to the Rutilus-project 2010 
  • RUTILUS Strategies for a Sustainable Development of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea Region, Swedish National Maritime Museums report dnr 1267/03-51, 2006 (NCM)
  • The Working Group was active in creating and implementing the MoSS-project, a shipwreck research project 2002-2004 funded by the European Union Culture 2000 Programme.