Integration of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals in World Heritage sites

Loopesko, Lydia and Caballero, Gabriel Victor (2021) Integration of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals in World Heritage sites. ICOMOS Sustainable Development Goals Working Group. [Other] (Unpublished)


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The UN 2030 Agenda proposes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to overcome the key challenges facing the world. Among these, SDG 13 addresses climate change and calls on nations to implement climate action. The ICOMOS SDGs Working Group has a mission to highlight the role cultural heritage in implementing the SDGs. However, climate change is among the most substantial threats the globe faces; it will affect every aspect of human life and have significant impacts on the implementation and outcome of all the SDGs. On the 20th General Assembly, ICOMOS declared the Climate and Ecological Emergency, which calls upon all ICOMOS members for urgent collective action to safeguard all types of heritage from the impacts of climate change. It also calls on the heritage community to identify climate actions and seek potential solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and promote climate-resilient sustainable development. In line with such mobilisation efforts, this research examined how World Heritage Sites can be used to explore the nexus of climate action, cultural heritage, and the SDGs. This research studied four World Heritage Sites and their implementation of climate action and the SDGs. It then evaluated the actions written in their management plans and interviewed heritage practitioners and site managers to understand the implementation of the current policies and high-level discussions. This study concluded that climate action could be used as a framework to develop critical steps to achieve the 17 SDGs. It also identified the key role of leadership and governance as an important dimension in achieving concrete actions towards sustainable development.

Item Type: Other
Loopesko, Lydia
Caballero, Gabriel Victor
Languages: English
Keywords: Climate action; Sustainable development goals; World Heritage; SDGs; world heritage list
Subjects: G.DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 04. World Heritage in Danger
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Lyon, France; Pimachiowin Aki, Canada; Machu Picchu, Peru; Sydney Opera House, Australia
UNESCO WHC Number: 872; 1415rev; 274; 166rev
National Committee: ICOMOS International
Depositing User: Ms Lydia Loopesko
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2022 21:07
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 11:16

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