It’s no surprise that the beautiful island of Puerto Rico boasts one of the only ten U.S. cultural sites ever to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. The site, consisting of La Fortaleza, the three forts of San Felipe del Morro, San Cristóbal and San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo), and the City Wall, is emblematic of the Island’s incomparable heritage. Puerto Rico is likewise served by an incomparable, internationally respected cadre of heritage professionals. US/ICOMOS is proud to host their participation in the international ICOMOS network.
Puerto Rico is also facing some serious challenges these days, including the threat of climate change. US/ICOMOS is equally proud to support the work of Puerto Rican heritage professionals rising to the defense of their island and the safeguarding of their coastal heritage. This includes the Puerto Rican members of the Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources Committee (CCSAR) of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), and the Science, Management and Policy Committee of the Latino Climate Action Network (ELAC in Spanish).
ELAC is organizing the Puerto Rico United to Face Climate Change Walk on the 30th of April. The walk will draw attention to efforts to help identify local risks and vulnerabilities as well as concrete actions to work towards resilience. One of the most serious threats Puerto Rico faces is sea level rise. Local archaeologist aren’t missing the chance to use the the Walk to bring to the forefront the threat erosion poses to Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage. US/ICOMOS and SAA have endorsed this effort in support of this critical aim.