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COP21: Cultural Heritage & AR6: Improving the treatment of cultural heritage in the next IPCC Assessment Report

1 December 2015

Culture Heritage is both impacted by Climate Change and a source of Resiliency, but the relationships are not well understood.

The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), for example states that “impacts, such as loss of... cultural heritage, and ecosystem services, are difficult to value and monetize, and thus they are poorly reflected in estimates of losses.” We will examine how to improve the treatment of cultural heritage in the AR6 through new collaboration among interested organizations within the framework of expanding engagement by the heritage community of climate issues.


La Maison Champs-Elysees
8 rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris (near the Grand Palais)
Paris, France

Directions from Le Bourget: Take RER B to Châtelet-Les Halles, transfer to Paris Métro Line 1 in the direction of La Défense–Grande Arche. Exit at Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Roundtable and Discussion • 16:30 – 18h30

16:30 – 16:45     Welcome  
                           by Andrew Potts, JD, Executive Director, US/ICOMOS and Mr. Oliver Maurice,
                           Director, International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

16:45 – 17:00     Framing the Inter-Section of Climate Change and Heritage
                           Dr. David Harvey, Professor of Historical Cultural Geography, University of Exeter

17:00-17:20       An introduction to the IPCC Assessment Reports and the
                          Consideration of Cultural Heritage in AR5

                           Dr. Katharine J. Mach, Director, Science, IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit

17:20 – 17:30     Reflections on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on
                           Cultural Heritage from the UNESCO perspective

                           Ms. Anna Sidorenko, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO

17:30 –  17:40    The Perspective of the National Trust
                           Mr. Keith Jones, Environmental Adviser, National Trust Wales

17:40 – 17:50     Farming alongside of cultural and natural heritage conservation
                           Ms. Anika Molesworth, Coordinator, Sustainable Farms Initiative,
                           International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

17:50 – 18:10    Introduction to the AR6 and Opportunities for 
                          Engagement by the Cultural Heritage Sector

                          Dr. Youba Sokona   IPCC Vice Chair, Special Advisor on Sustainable Development, South Centre

18:10 – 18:30    Discussion on next steps for forging new collaborations in advance of the AR6.

18:30 – 19:30    Reception & Networking Event: A chance to bring together in one place all
                          the folks attending COP21 working at the intersection of Climate Change and Heritage.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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