Contributing author to a White Paper prepared by UNESCO-ICOMOS-IPCC on the topic of Climate Change Impacts to Global Heritage

Impact: Cultural Impacts

Description of impact

An International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage, and Climate Change (ICSM CHC) is being prepared to:

• take stock of the state of knowledge regarding connections of culture and heritage with anthropogenic climate change;
• establish a baseline of reference regarding the nature and depth of and gaps in knowledge regarding these connections;
• build new conversations and collaborations between the broad fields of culture, heritage, and climate change that will support future research and action in climate science, adaptation, and mitigation.

Co-Sponsors of the ICSM CHC are the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), in partnership with International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability). The ICSM CHC will bring together 75-100 researchers and practitioners from around the world in a virtual Meeting planned for the week of 6 December 2021. Products of the ICSM CHC will be submitted to the IPCC for consideration in developing the IPCC seventh assessment cycle in 2022.

Who is affected

The aim is a Special Report of the IPCC on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage; the impact is global.
Impact statusIn preparation
Impact date6 Dec 2021
Category of impactCultural Impacts
Impact levelEngagement


  • Cultural heritage, Climate Change