In view of the forthcoming 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Sintra (Portugal), 22 to 25 November 2011, the OWHC has launched a Call for Posters on the congress theme World Heritage Cities and Climate Change.
This Call addresses all those who are engaged in the conservation and management of a World Heritage City - public servants and administrators, specialized professionals, technical experts and scientists from various fields related to cultural and natural heritage on an interdisciplinary basis.
Posters should reflect on how a City addresses questions of climate change impacts, such as a city's vulnerability to impacts, how it develops adaptation and/or mitigation measures in conceptual and action-oriented ways, how heritage and culture can be assets for risk management and climate change mitigation. In particular, case studies are encouraged that examine the rationale of choices made for a specific city illustrating how the City can be part of the solution by influencing both the causes and consequences of climate change and thus contributing to national and international strategies to prevent climate change impacts. The three pillars of sustainability, social, environmental and economic - complemented by the fourth "governance" pillar - should be taken into account.
During the World Congress a Poster Session will be organized to give participants the opportunity to share their experiences. Posters will be published in the conference pre-prints and exhibited during the entire duration of the Congress. A limited number of Posters may also be selected as "city snapshots" to complement the key-notes during the morning sessions of the scientific programme on 23 and 24 November 2011.