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Cultural Heritage and Coastal Resilience at COP26

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Cultural Heritage and Coastal Resilience at COP26

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28/10/21

Cultural Heritage and Coastal Resilience at COP26

Join us at COP26 for a creative exploration of cultural heritage and coastal resilience with British-Irish Council members and critical heritage partners.

Virtually traversing a range of coastal communities and initiatives, this event will examine the human experience of our coastal heritage, tangible and intangible, in Ireland, the UK, and beyond. Diverse voices will unravel different perspectives on the risks, changes and challenges facing our coasts. Together we will explore how our heritage can be part of building a more resilient future. 

A stimulating interactive session will feature a panel of experts from world-leading cultural and heritage organisations, as well as a keynote speech from Julie James, Minister for Climate Change at the Welsh Government. 

"The coast is a dynamic landscape - the outline of Ireland familiar to us today is a brief snapshot of a continually changing land"

Background

Coastal and marine heritage tells a story of a nation’s history of commerce, conflict and leisure. It contributes strongly to our identity and quality of life today. Our ports and a host of colourful seaside resorts remain vital for our economy, well-being and enjoyment. Much of this rich heritage is poorly understood yet under considerable pressure from coastal erosion, development and damaging activities.

The coast is a dynamic landscape – the outline of Ireland familiar to us today is a brief snapshot of a continually changing land.  

Understanding climate change

Human-induced climate change, however, means that both the rate of sea-level rise and scale of change to the coastline are now accelerating after a long period of relative stability. Storms and surges are likely to become stronger, higher and more frequent, whilst rising sea levels mean that flooding and erosion will increase. 

Having a better understanding of why, how and where people are connected to landscapes could help us improve our planning and management decisions that shape the way we look after the land and sea. 

Attendees will be asked questions that explore their connection to the places where the land meets the sea and will have the opportunity to ask our expert panellists questions. 

Sign up on the COP26 Eventbrite page and be sure to register through the Resilience Hub website to stream the event live. 

Watch our video below to discover more: 

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