Rising from the Depths

Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa
to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits

The Rising from the Depths network is funded for four years, 2017-21, by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Plus scheme.

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Whose Ocean is it anyway? See the @EdinArch @DecadeHeritage @rftdnetwork #COP27 seminar on the free link below. Find out why considering #marine #cultural #heritage for sustainable coastal and ocean lives is not just advisable, but essential. https://edmarinearch.com/news/

Rising from the Depths present #COP27VirtualOceanPavilion, inspiring #climateaction through #marineculturalheritage and #sustainabledevelopment approaches! @HCAatEdinburgh @EdinArch @EdOceanLeaders

Lots of @rftdnetwork projects in this upcoming COP27 meeting.

Tomorrow we'll be speaking at COP27! Join us in the Virtual Ocean Pavilion (https://cop27oceanpavilion.vfairs.com) for 'Whose Ocean is it Anyway? Why Ocean Heritage Matters for Climate Change Mitigation' at 9am EET, 9th of Nov. @AREYSIL @ChepKabon @IchumbakiE @UNOceanDecade @SDGoals #COP27

Athena Trakadas, Chair of @DecadeHeritage, is discussing the role of #heritage in meeting the aims of the @UNOceanDecade to @EdinArch postgrads now @changing_oceans

This week we have been conducting visual survey of coral cover and wreck sites around Goa, Sena, and Sete Paus Island @AREYSIL @Georgia__Holly @DrJonCHenderson @rftdnetwork @HCAatEdinburgh @EdinArch #Mozambique #marineculturalheritage #naturalheritage #WorldHeritage #UNESCO


Innovation Projects

As part of the Network funding, we have £800,000 to fund a range of Innovation Projects.  These projects will fill the knowledge gaps that currently limit the way Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) contributes to social, cultural and economic sustainable growth in Eastern Africa.


Rising from the Depths aims to identify how the tangible submerged and coastal Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and its associated intangible aspects can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region, of benefit not only to building social cohesion and reducing poverty in individual states, but also in enhancing the value and impact of overseas aid in the maritime sector.

Maritime East Africa

The full potential and importance East African maritime heritage has not yet been realised. Critically, it is under threat from natural forces and climate driven coastal change as well as intensification in coastal and offshore development.


Rising from the Depths is a joint initiative led by the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the Universities of Roehampton, York, Ulster, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Uppsala (Sweden), and Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). We also have a wide range of international and in-region partners.