Monuments and sites and their settings in the Arctic Regions

Barr, Susan (2005) Monuments and sites and their settings in the Arctic Regions. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

A 3-nation project concerning heritage environments in the Scandinavian Arctic has recently been completed for The Nordic Council of Ministers. The project aimed to define heritage environments within the three regions Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard and to suggest actions for sustainable management. Typical for such Arctic heritage environments is the close interaction between the monuments and sites and their settings, between the nature and the culture. Monuments and sites, with their integrated settings, are in these regions exposed to many common threats, and heritage management meets many common challenges based on changes and impacts. The challenges caused by humans are often a consequence of the increasing level of activity the areas are exposed to. However, movement away from the districts is also a pronounced tendency in parts of the regions. The three regions are characterised by a polar or sub-polar climate, which means that large areas, and therefore also the heritage, are exposed to detrimental effects of, for example, permafrost, erosion and a vulnerable vegetation cover, as well as degradation caused by fauna. It is hoped that the results of the project may be applicable for the management of monuments and sites and their settings around the entire circum-Arctic region.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Barr, SusanUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Arctic regions; heritage environment; setting; threats; heritage management; climatic factors; protection of historic monuments; polar heritage
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 20. Polar heritage
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 03. Monuments
G.DETERIORATION > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Greenland; Iceland; Svalbard, Norway
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 17:14
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/312

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