Join us as we navigate crucial discussions, blending scientific insights with Indigenous wisdom and community experiences to chart a course towards a more resilient and sustainable future for our heritage and communities.

Organized by ICCROM within the framework of its FAR - First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis programme, this conference transcends disciplinary boundaries to address the crucial intersections between heritage safeguarding, climate action, disaster resilience, and sustainable peace.

For detailed overview, please refer to the conference's concept note

To secure your spot and actively participate in this transformative experience, register here 

This three-day event celebrates the culmination of the  Net Zero: Heritage for Climate Action project,  a two-year capacity development initiative supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation, showcasing transformative actions implemented in five heritage sites globally. From Jodhpur, India, to Tuti Island, Sudan, learn about innovative approaches integrating heritage conservation, climate action, and community resilience.

The conference aims to unite diverse stakeholders across sectors for comprehensive discussions, knowledge sharing, and collaboration, focusing on integrating culture into sustainable and resilient human responses to climate change while safeguarding heritage. Drawing evidence from the Net Zero: Heritage for Climate Action project's five field projects, the conference will feature stakeholder roundtables, ignite talks, video presentations, and reflection sessions to:

  • Highlight Key Findings: showcase concrete evidence from the five innovation sites, demonstrating how cultural heritage can be leveraged for effective climate action. 
  • Disseminate Tools and Strategies: gather and disseminate tools and innovative strategies for climate risk management, stimulating further research and collaboration in the field. 
  • Share Best Practices: present exemplary approaches for assessing climate risks to heritage and associated communities. 
  • Engage Stakeholders: involve policymakers, community leaders, and practitioners from diverse fields to integrate culture-based climate action into local, regional, and national climate adaptation plans. 

Conference Themes

Three interconnected themes will shape the flow of presentations, panel discussions, and engaging interactive sessions during the conference. Join us as we delve into the essence of these themes, shaping a vibrant and engaging experience for all participants.

  1. Tracking loss and damage to cultural heritage in the face of climate change
  2. Indigenous knowledge, traditional practices, and worldviews - A source for transformative climate action
  3. An integrated approach towards disaster risk reduction, peacebuilding, and climate action

Day 1- 25 March 

Inaugural Session & Panel Discussion | Heritage Conservation Policy in the Context of Climate Crisis

Panel Discussions: 

  • Integrated Strategies for Heritage Safeguard, Climate Action, Disaster Risk Reduction and Peacebuilding 
  • Call to Action - Mainstreaming Cultural Heritage Safeguarding for Disaster Risk Reduction,
    Climate Action and Peacebuilding

Day 2- 26 March 

  • Story Circle | Lifeways and Cultures around Nile – Rashid, Egypt and Tuti Island, Sudan
  • Panel 1 | Transcending Disciplinary Boundariesfor Training and Education 
  • Story Circle | Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation from Kasese, Uganda to Ubatuba,
  • Panel 2 | Ignite Talk 

Panel 3 | Tracking Loss and Damage to Cultural Heritage in the face of Climate Change

Day 3- 27 March 

  • Panel 1 | Climate Change, Culture and Peace in Small Island Developing States
  • Story Circle | Harnessing Traditional Wisdom for Climate Resilience in Jodhpur, India
  • Panel 2 | Under the Talking Tree - Intergenerational Dialogue on the Use of Indigenous and
    Traditional Knowledges for Innovation in Heritage Conservation, Climate Action and Disaster Risk


 As the climate crisis intensifies, our vulnerability to disasters and conflicts rises. This conference builds on the success of the Climate.Culture.Peace initiative launched in 2022, emphasizing the need for a paradigm shift in addressing climate change's cultural, social, and economic dimensions.

international conference, with the following aims:  Highlight the findings at the five innovation sites that identify ways in which cultural heritage can contribute to climate action.Gather and disseminate tools and innovative strategies for climate risk management to spark further research and collaboration in the field.Share best examples on how to assess climate risks to heritage and associated communities.

2-day online course Managing Climate Risks to Heritage and Culture-Based Climate Action

Prior to the conference, a two-day course on "Managing Climate Risks to Heritage and Culture-Based Climate Action" will be held from 19-20 February 2024. This course targets multidisciplinary professionals interested in understanding the nexus between cultural heritage, climate change, disasters, and conflicts. 

Find details in the Call For Applications