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The Role of Cultural Heritage in Strengthening Climate Resilience

Kristin Hausler and Alina Holzhausen are currently working on a project jointly with the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) entitled: Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) within Climate Laws and Policies of Pacific Small Island States: Towards a more resilient and inclusive approach to foster Stability and The Rule of Law.

Given that intangible cultural heritage law has an impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and strengthens the resilience of communities, thereby promoting stability and the rule of law, the project undertakes a multi-level analysis of the frameworks relevant to its protection in selected Pacific Island States. Applying a human rights lens, it will look at cultural heritage law, climate change and environmental law, disaster response and refugee and displacement law to map out and examine the adequacy of all applicable frameworks. Currently in its initial stage, the research will also include stakeholder interviews.

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