Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries

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The project Effects of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage Sites and Cultural Environments is a collaboration between the cultural heritage administrations of seven Nordic countries: Iceland, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The aim of the project has been to assist the cultural heritage administrators in meeting the anticipated climate change and to strengthen collaboration and network building between the Nordic cultural heritage administrators. The publication Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries contains the main results of the project's work. The report consists of two parts, part one of which discusses the anticipated effects of climate change on cultural heritage sites and cultural environments in the Nordic countries. Part two addresses what consequences the climate change will have for the management of heritage sites and includes the project group's recommendations for handling these consequences.




Cultural heritage includes in itself knowledge about adapting to climate over the course of time. People have dressed according to the weather and have developed ways of life and of building houses that have been adapted to local climate conditions. Today we can see that climate change could make it more difficult to protect the traces of the life and work of earlier times. Not just climate change in itself, but also society’s handling of the climate issue will affect our cultural heritage in various ways. Owners and administrators of heritage sites and cultural environments will therefore face a greater challenge in future in taking care of our cultural heritage in a changing climate and in a society where everyone must help limit further climate change.

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