Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries

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The project Effects of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage Sites and Cultural Environments is a collaboration between the cultural heritage administrations of seven Nordic countries: Iceland, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The aim of the project has been to assist the cultural heritage administrators in meeting the anticipated climate change and to strengthen collaboration and network building between the Nordic cultural heritage administrators. The publication Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries contains the main results of the project's work. The report consists of two parts, part one of which discusses the anticipated effects of climate change on cultural heritage sites and cultural environments in the Nordic countries. Part two addresses what consequences the climate change will have for the management of heritage sites and includes the project group's recommendations for handling these consequences.



Consequences for the cultural heritage sector of climate-related changes in other sectors

Cultural heritage sites and cultural environments are already being affected by society’s response to climate change. International agreements and national targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions rely on a number of measures being implemented. The question of the production and consumption of energy is central to this. The instruments used by the authorities to implement emissions-reducing measures are partly legal, partly economic and partly based on providing information. Both the development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency are measures that will affect archaeological heritage sites, heritage buildings and landscapes in different ways.

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