Brabec selected to participate in the Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change


Elizabeth Brabec, professor of landscape architecture and land use planning and director of the Center Patrimoine et Société, has been selected to participate in the co-sponsored international meeting on culture, heritage and climate change. This meeting is the first of its kind, bringing together the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Council of Monuments and sites (ICOMOS) to explore the links between culture and heritage, climate science and climate action. The meeting brings together more than 100 experts from 45 countries, representing research expertise and knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.


Elisabeth Brabec

Climate change has long been considered a major threat to the physical health of populations around the world. It also represents a major threat to culture and heritage. Natural disasters and climate change contribute to the loss of living heritage practices and traditions. At the same time, culture has the potential to provide creative solutions and mitigate these growing challenges. Yet culture and heritage have received limited attention when examining science and responses to climate change.

“This is a critical area of ​​international politics illustrated by the multiple border crises currently in the news, as well as the struggle to protect communities in the United States from rising sea levels. and increasing storms. I look forward to exploring these questions with my colleagues in the coming weeks of discussions, ”said Brabec.

The assessment of the links between culture, heritage and responses to climate change will also serve as a catalyst for new research, projects and publications on culture, heritage and climate action before the next 7th IPCC assessment round. , and beyond.

Project partners include the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). The international conference is mainly funded by the German Environmental Foundation with additional support from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the National Administration of Cultural Heritage of China.


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