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New report on Intangible Cultural Heritage & Climate Change

We are delighted to announce the publication of our research on Intangible Cultural Heritage within the Laws and Policies of South Pacific Small Island States in the Climate Crisis: Towards a More Resilient and Inclusive Approach.

The project focused on strengthening climate resilience through the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) within the laws and policies of Pacific small island States.

Intangible cultural heritage is recognised as a tool to support climate change mitigation and adaptation. It can also strengthen the resilience of communities, thereby promoting stability and the rule of law. Therefore, the project undertook a multi-level analysis of the frameworks relevant to its protection in selected Pacific Island States.Applying a human rights lens, it analysed the laws and policies pertaining to cultural heritage, climate change and the environment, as well as disasters, in order to examine the adequacy of the existing applicable frameworks and provide recommendations. The research also included stakeholders' interviews from the region.

As the Pacific region and its small Island States are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, it is hoped that valuable lessons can be learned from the ways their laws and policies have integrated heritage thus far.

The Report was prepared by Kristin Hausler,  Alina Holzhausen,  and Berenika Drazewska . In the Pacific Region, the project was led by Professor Petra Butler,  Victoria University of Wellington and Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and BIICL Honorary fellow, and Eva U Wagner,  Senior Programme Coordinator Rule of Law and Development Policy, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) , which generously funded the research.

Download the report here   

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