On 22nd-24th January 2019, Senegalese island of Gorée hosted the 5th Regional Meeting for Africa on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. Underwater archaeologists, experts and government officials from Benin, Cabo Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo emphasized the importance of protecting underwater heritage from looting and destruction.

“The submerged protohistoric sites of the Saloum Delta (Senegal), the anchor cemetery of Cidade Velha (Cabo Verde), or the wreck of the German liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, sunk during the First World War in the waters of Dakhla in southern Morocco, all these sites represent an important historical legacy, with an urgent need for protection.”