The Kick-Off Meeting for the projects funded as part of the Climate & Cultural Heritage CRA (CCH 2023) will take place in June 2024 upon the Belmont Forum SRI Congress | Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress, in Helsinki.

Cultural heritage – tangible and intangible – is threatened by well-known, new and more extreme risks related to climate change. Researchers have already been investigating the impacts of climate change on the environment, on social systems and on the economy, however, as cultural heritage becomes more vulnerable, there is still much to be done to complement existing findings, engage societies in heritage discussions, and improve the degree of resilience, in order to inform the development of robust prevention and adaptation policies and strategies.Global agreements, such as the 2015 Paris Agreement, the 2022 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), acknowledge the impact of climate change on cultural heritage as well as the ability of cultural heritage to assist in a transition towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

This kick-off event for the Climate and Cultural Heritage CRA will be a locus for the transdisciplinary international teams of researchers and stakeholders involved. The breadth of the sixteen project’s foci reflects the complex challenges at the interface of cultural heritage and climate change and the numerous fields involved. To encourage transdisciplinary discussions, the debates will be organized around four thematic sessions : Sensory Heritage; Nature-Culture Relations; Local and Indigenous Communities and their Knowledge; Innovative Methodologies, Technologies and Infrastructures. Researchers and stakeholders will then have the opportunity to discuss these topics, based on the scientific issues raised by their own projects.

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Background of the CRA

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were established to pool national research efforts and foster the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) to address grand societal challenges. JPIs are flexible intergovernmental partnerships with the aim of better aligning the research and innovation investments spent at the national level. They involve countries that voluntarily agree to work in partnership towards common visions encapsulated in Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas and implemented through joint activities.

The Belmont Forum is a group of funding agencies from around the world that support transdisciplinary, globally-representative research groups and coproduction/participatory methods to address various global environmental change topics. Topics are addressed through Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs).

The CRA results from a White Paper jointly developed and published in March 2022 by the two JPIs and from joint workshops held in June and September 2022 aimed at identifying and incorporating research priorities from Africa, the Americas and Asia.