The regional meeting on the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Africa is currently underway in Windhoek. Speaking at the occasion Unesco Representative to Namibia, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum, said the meeting forms part of the efforts to strengthen and increase state cooperation, mutual assistance, and exchange of knowledge to protect the most fragile component of shared heritage. He said that Unesco hopes to see an increase in the volume and scope of underwater archaeological activities in Namibia and Africa as a whole, including the development of underwater archaeology as a discipline, as well as the monitoring and inventorying of sites. He pointed out though that despite an increased recognition of underwater cultural heritage for its historical, economical, scientific and cultural significance, it is under increasing threat from looting, treasure hunting and commercial exploitation.