Technology And Heritage Sites Promoting Climate Action: The Heritage on the Edge Project

  • Megarry, W. (Invited speaker)
  • Jane Downes (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


Recent years have seen a robust response from the cultural heritage sector to the threat of climate change. From developing sectoral adaptation plans for heritage assets to ensuring built structures are carbon efficient, the sector has a unique role to play in the climate emergency.

The complex intersections between heritage and climate change were recently explored in detail by the ICOMOS Working Group on Climate Change and Heritage. Their report – Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action – was released by ICOMOS at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan in July 2019.

Jane Downes and Will Megarry will be presenting at this event as the lead authors of this report: this ICOMOS-UK talk will explore how iconic heritage sites can be utilised to stress urgency about climate change and raise global ambition to respond.

The event will provide an overview of the Future of our Pasts report, followed by an introduction of the Heritage on the Edge project, which was launched in January 2020 and was a collaboration between the Working Group, CyArk and Google Arts and Culture to explore the issue of climate change from the perspective of five world heritage sites. Specifically, the issues and successes of the project will be discussed in detail with relation to the Rapa Nui (Easter island) case study. The presentation will then explore the reach and impact of the project six months after its launch.
Period06 Oct 2020
Held atICOMOS UK, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational