Applications are now open for a two-day course on Managing Climate Risks to Heritage and Culture-Based Climate Action!

Limited places available – Apply now!

The Climate-Culture Nexus Course

Organizers: ICCROM – First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAR), with the support of the Swedish Postcode Foundation

Rosetta, Egypt. Source: Amira Sadik Aly.jpg
Rosetta, Egypt. Source: Amira Sadik Aly

About the Course

Climate change is one of the primary threats to cultural heritage. An unprecedented rise in sea levels would threaten most coastal settlements. Ancient cities, like Alexandria and Venice, could disappear forever, while deserts would expand, resulting in the destruction of habitats, widespread food insecurity and extreme scarcity of freshwater resources.

However, culture embedded in the knowledge and lived experiences of communities at the forefront of the climate crisis is a powerful resource for developing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as promoting sustainable development.

Responding to these challenges and exploring the extent to which cultural heritage can help inform strategies for climate and disaster resilience, ICCROM’s flagship programme on First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAR) launched a two-year cascading capacity development project - Net Zero: Heritage for Climate Action, with the generous support of the Swedish Postcode Foundation. The Project field-tested strategies for using heritage to mitigate climate change and reduce the risks of disasters and conflicts at five innovation sites in Brazil, Egypt, India, Sudan and Uganda. 

Drawing from the comprehensive methodology developed through ICCROM-FAR’s Net Zero: Heritage for Climate Action project, this two-day course will build participants’ capacity to understand the interlinkages between climate change, disasters and conflicts, and their cascading impacts on people and cultural heritage. 

Course Objectives

Through lectures, in-depth discussions and case studies, the ICCROM-FAR team, along with a cohort of multidisciplinary area specialists, will share tools and methods to: 

  •  Enhance the capacity of at least 30 diverse professionals to understand the nexus between climate change, disasters and conflicts, and their cascading impacts on people and cultural heritage.
  • Assess climate-related risks to tangible and intangible heritage in participating countries.
  • Demonstrate the role of cultural heritage in understanding human history and the root causes of the climate crisis.
  • Showcase how processes involved in making and conserving heritage could support climate action, reduce disaster risk and promote peace and sustainable development.
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among diverse stakeholders, reinforcing the urgent need for proactive and adaptive measures to tackle cultural heritage challenges in the face of the climate crisis. 

Who can apply?

If you are a mid-career or emerging professional from the fields of cultural heritage, disaster risk management, climate science, environmental management, urban planning or peacebuilding, apply for this course!

A total of 30 participants will be selected, and priority will be given to applicants from countries on the frontline of the global climate crisis. 

To learn more about the course and eligibility criteria, please read the complete 'Call for Applications'. 

Join us in exploring the nexus between culture and climate!