Release of the Global Research and Action Agenda on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change | EN and FR
The Global Research and Action Agenda on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change, a scientific outcome from a collaboration between ICOMOS, UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released in both English and French. It is to strenghten synergies between culture, heritage and climate change science.
The Global Research and Action Agenda on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change, which was authored by the scientific steering committee synthesizing the contributions of the more than 100 participants from around the world who participated in the International Co-sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change (ICSM-CHC), which was held in December 2021, explores the synergies between culture, heritage and climate change.
It contains 45 key messages to promote further engagement in climate action across these domains and represents a milestone partnership towards the full integration of culture in international climate action.
The Global Research and Action Agenda also features 13 case studies from around the world, including a co-produced Climate Action Planning in Aotearoa/New Zealand acknowledging the importance of Indigenous knowledge; Disaster management in Nepal with the case of the reconstruction of the Kasthamandap in Kathmandu; the National climate Adaptation Framework in Ireland which integrates Culture; and Local and Indigenous Knowledge of Coastal Systems in Ogun, Nigeria.
The International Co-sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change (ICSM-CHC) brought together a gender-balanced team of over 100 experts from 45 countries across all regions. The meeting established the scientific merit of integrating heritage dimensions in climate action through three key areas:
- diverse knowledge systems including local and Indigenous,
- loss, damage, vulnerability and understanding risks, and
- role of culture and heritage in transformative change
In preparation for the event, three independent White Papers were commissioned to diverse group of scholars and heritage practitioners to explore these axes.