Rising sea levels, the increasing frequency and intensity of storms, desertification and other intensifying impacts pose both obvious and unprecedented challenges to the cultural and natural heritage of humankind. A new collaboration announced by US/ICOMOS and the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is designed to better connect US historic preservationists to the global conversation around this unprecedented threat through an expansion of US/ICOMOM’s Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Knowledge Community.
The new collaboration’s first project is a countdown of 22 cultural heritage #ClimateActions leading up to COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco (November 7-18, 2016). COP22 is the next round of UN climate change talks. The meeting is expected to attract thousands of government leaders, experts and stakeholders looking to build on 2015’s landmark Paris Agreement. Key agenda items for the historic preservation community include addressing damage to heritage within loss and damage calculations, preservation-based mitigation strategies like retrofitting historic buildings for energy efficiency, and the conservation and use of heritage amidst climate displacement.
We hope these #ClimateAction suggestions will inspire you to join the global conversation on the threat climate change possesses to cultural heritage and the ways in which a community’s cultural heritage can be source of resilience and a guide to adaptation and mitigation.