“Sharing stories” webinar series on “Mobilising cultural heritage for transformative climate action” 10/11 - With ACE President


We invite you to join the fourth Cultural Heritage in Action sharing stories webinar on “Mobilising cultural heritage for transformative climate action.” The webinar will be hold on Thursday 10 November 2022 at 16:30 CET as part of our EU-funded Cultural Heritage in Action peer-learning programme. It will feature speakers from Leuwarden and Berlin. You can see the programme below and register here. 

As revealed by the recently published report by a group of EU Member States’ experts entitled “Strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change: Where the European Green Deal meets cultural heritage”, “cultural heritage is under attack from climate change at an unprecedented speed and scale”. The most evident threats stem from extreme climatic events: severe precipitation, long heatwaves, droughts, strong winds and sea-level rise – all of which will increase dramatically in the future. The impacts of these extreme weather events come in addition to slower deteriorations caused by increase in temperatures, the fluctuations in humidity or fluctuations in freeze–thaw cycles.

Preserving cultural heritage from the effects of climate change is becoming an increasing challenge for cities and regions. However, as demonstrated by the “European Cultural Heritage Green Paper: Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal”, cultural heritage also has an immense potential to contribute  to mitigating the climate and biodiversity crisis. From smart reuse of heritage buildings to using traditional agricultural know-how to support sustainable food systems, cultural heritage can support Europe’s transition to become a green, resilient and climate-neutral continent. 

While the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) will be running in Sharm el-Sheikh, the webinar will aim to discuss the threats posed by climate change to Europe’s heritage and showcase examples of positive climate action through cultural heritage in urban contexts.

Thursday 10 November 16.30 CET
Draft agenda:
16H30: Welcome and introduction by the moderator

Dr Hannah Fluck, Senior National Archaeologist, National Trust; Former Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic England;  Vice-Chair for Europe of the Climate Heritage Network. 

16H35: Opening speech
Ruth Schagemann, ACE President  
16h40: Good Practices
- Jantine Verver,  Adviser Economics & Tourism/Arcadia, City of Leeuwarden
Good practice: Bosk - If trees can walk, humans can change, Leeuwarden 
- Peter Coles,
Editor-in-Chief at Morus Londinium
Good practice: Morus Londinium project  
17H10: Policy - OMC report 
Anne Grady, Seconded National Expert to the CULT Committee of the European Parliament. Co-editor of the OMC Group report on Strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change 
17h20 Q&A session 
17H55 Wrap up by the Moderator and conclusions by Sneška Quaedvlieg–Mihailović, Europa Nostra SG

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