Climate change has become one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage worldwide. ICOMOS embraces a two-pronged approach to the issue that emphasizes both responding to the risks that climate change poses to cultural heritage and also championing heritage as a source of resilience and an asset to climate action, whose potential is unlocked through better conservation and management of the world’s tangible and intangible cultural resources.
As a contribution to the COP26 held in Glasgow, UK (November 2021) and to kickstart the Community of Practitioners on Water and Heritage, the Global Center on Adaptation’s Water Adaptation Community (WAC) and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage (ISCWater) organised on 19 October 2021 an online dialogue among spiritual leaders, to discuss water-related spirituality as a source of inspiration and wisdom to cope with climate change impacts on the water cycle.
The European Cultural Heritage Green Paper “Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal”, which focuses on the role of cultural heritage in achieving the ambitions of the European Green Deal, is now available in French and Spanish.
IPCC Culture, Heritage and Climate Meeting Breaks New Ground in Efforts to Understand the Cultural Dimensions of the Climate Emergency
A long-awaited international scientific conference devoted to exploring the importance of cultural knowledge and heritage in understanding and responding to the climate change challenge concluded on Friday 10 December.
Launch of the first ever UNESCO-IPCC-ICOMOS meeting to strengthen synergies between culture, heritage and climate change
A virtual international meeting, co-sponsored by the IPCC, UNESCO and ICOMOS will be held during the week of 6 December 2021 and bring together researchers, knowledge bearers and practitioners from around the world to discuss the intersections of culture, heritage and climate change
- New ICOMOS Focal Point for Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
- Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal
- ICOMOS Declares a Climate Emergency
- ICOMOS joins new project to support climate action in Africa through cultural heritage