The latest report released by ICOMOS on 3 July provides a framework for systematically evaluating and managing both the risks that cultural heritage faces from climate change and the positive role it can play as a source of resilience.
The report, titled “Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action,” recognizes the potential of cultural heritage to mitigate the impacts of climate change. However, it also suggests that new, multi-disciplinary approaches need to be adopted in heritage practice, in order to realize that potential.
“The climate is changing and so must heritage. It would be foolish to imagine the practice of heritage remaining static while the world goes through rapid and far-reaching transitions,” said Professor Toshiyuku Kono, President of ICOMOS.