CCHIP-Projekt: Connecting Culture, Heritage and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Aktenzeichen 37226/01
Projektträger: International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Secretariat
11 rue du Séminaire de Conflans
F-94220 Charenton-le-Pont
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Telefon: + 33 (0) 1 41 94 17
Bundesland: Grenzüberschreitend
Zielsetzung und Anlass des Vorhabens

Environmental changes in the course of climate change have a serious impact on cultural heritage. Accordingly, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (UNFCCC) in 2013 counts cultural heritage as one of the areas threatened by the effects of climate change and calls for appropriate action against loss and damage. At the same time, important policy documents such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (2015), or the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (2019) emphasise the role of cultural heritage in sustainable development and call for increased efforts to protect cultural and natural heritage. Despite its relevance, the topic is hardly considered in the global climate discourse. One example is the current European Green Deal by the EU Commission, which does not adequately consider the added value of cultural heritage in relevant areas such as energy efficiency, biodiversity or innovation and social transformation. Similar deficits can also be seen in climate science on a global level. In the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there are paragraphs that indicate a growing awareness of this topic (Fifth Status Report; Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C; Special Report on Climate Change and Land). However, the explanations are fragmentary and do not correspond to a coherent presentation of the problem.
Against this background, the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) is currently funding a project that will, for the first time, carry out a detailed assessment of the current knowledge of the interdependencies between climate change and cultural heritage. The project will carry out an international scientific inventory of climate effects on cultural heritage and the creative industries, in order to develop approaches to better adapt to the effects and to derive protection and adaptation strategies. In addition, a German and an international expert meeting in cooperation with the IPCC are planned which will address questions on a.) Intangible cultural heritage and knowledge systems of indigenous peoples and climate, and b.) Effects, vulnerability and understanding of risks and c.) Solutions suitable for historic monuments. It is planned to integrate the project results in future IPCC reporting, either in the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7), the Special Report on Cities and Climate Change or a separate Special Report on Cultural Heritage and Climate Change. The project is the first comprehensive analysis on a global scale. It helps to identify current research results as well as gaps regarding climate change effects on cultural heritage and to formulate climate protection measures. At the same time, it complies with the longstanding demand of the World Heritage Committee to intensify cooperation between the member states and the IPCC. The recommendations to be elaborated in the project provide the necessary scientific framework for integrating findings in the field of cultural heritage into the future reporting of the IPCC.

Förderzeitraum: 09.12.2020 - 09.12.2022 (2 Jahre)
Fördersumme: 121.355,00
Förderbereich: 12
Stichworte: Kulturdenkmal, Kulturgüter