Mt. Huangshan first show in Climate Action for World Heritage
Author:Wang Ni  PublishDate:2024-03-06  Hits:2144

From 20 to 28 February 2024, the "Capacity Development on Climate Action for World Heritage", co-organized by WHC, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN, was successfully held. The aim of the meeting was to gather the strengths of many parties to comprehensively discuss, share knowledge and promote the integration of cultural elements into sustainable and resilient climate change response strategies while protecting World Heritage properties. The meeting was generally divided into two parts: Stocktaking and planning online workshops and Workshop on Application and Case Studies.

The stocktaking and planning online workshops was held on 20 February. The 2023 Update of the Policy Document on Climate Action for World Heritage was presented, explaining capacity development for climate action in World Heritage projects and the scoping study on the role of climate, as well as introducing climate action strategies and tools. The three-day application and case study workshops were held from 26 to 28 February, with participants working on the themes of "Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America", "Europe and Africa", and "Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Arab States". The Workshop on Brainstorming and Planning will be reconvened on 16 April, when members who participated in the pre-sessional training course, as well as the case reporters, will report back on the findings from the online workshop and report back as a whole to discuss the development of the Climate Action Toolkit and the action plan for capacity development.



In the morning of 28 February Paris time, the third panel of case studies was introduced by Dr. Sarah Forgesson of ICOMOS. This was followed by presentations on eight heritage sites: Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in Australia, Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordillera, Koutammakou and the Land of the Batammariba in Benin, Papahānaumokuākea in the United States, and Huangshan Mountain in China. The cases covered heritage conservation practices in different geographical and cultural contexts and provided participants with valuable references and insights.


Dr. Mu Xingyu from WHITRAP, as the Climate Change Advisor for the Huangshan Mountain Climate Change Project, a mixed heritage site in China, was invited to participate in the conference and attended the case study workshop of the third panel on "Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Arab States" together with Fang Yuan, the representative of the manager of the Huangshan Mountain World Heritage Site. During the meeting, they shared their case studies on Huangshan's climate change response strategies, demonstrating the concrete practices and remarkable achievements of Huangshan in protecting natural and cultural heritage. As a famous natural and cultural mixed heritage site in China, Huangshan attracts people's attention with its unique geological landscape and profound cultural heritage, and its conservation efforts to cope with global climate change have been attracting much attention. Dr. Mu Xingyu and Fang Yuan introduced in detail the experience of how Huangshan has implemented a series of effective ecological restoration measures using modern technology, as well as the living legacy of Huangshan's cultural heritage. Huangshan's heritage conservation practice provides practical experience that can be learned from other heritage sites and was highly evaluated by the participants. This enhances international recognition of China's heritage conservation achievements and builds a good image for China in the global heritage conservation field. Bringing the case of Huangshan to the international conference not only demonstrated China's professional competence and international commitment in heritage conservation, but also injected new impetus into the cause of global heritage conservation. The sharing of these experiences and practices will help strengthen China's influence in the field of international heritage conservation and contribute more wisdom and strength to the international community.

The success of this workshop has not only strengthened the cooperation among international organizations in the field of heritage conservation, but also provided valuable experience and inspiration for heritage conservation practitioners worldwide. In the future, we expect more Chinese heritage sites to actively participate in international exchanges and co-operation, and through the joint efforts of all parties, to promote the capacity building of climate action for World Heritage, and to make active exploration and practice for the protection of the common cultural heritage of mankind.

Contributed by: Wang Ni (Intern)
Examined by: Mu Xingyu
Edited by: Han Yuting (Intern)

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