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“Cultural Heritage and Climate” Report from EMU Urban Research and Development Center

“Cultural Heritage and Climate” Report from EMU Urban Research and Development Center

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Urban Research and Development Center (URDC) prepared a "Cultural Heritage and Climate" report within the scope of the main theme of 18 April 2022 International Monuments and Sites Day. EMU URDC President Prof. Dr. Şebnem Hoşkara made the following statements regarding the report:

EMU URDC prepared a scientific report on the occasion of the 18 April 2022 International Day of Monuments and Sites, which aims to raise issues such as empowering communities displaced due to climate, low-cost interventions for disaster risk management in the context of heritage, heritage and environmental education on carbon literacy and fair transitions, promoting gender-based discourses on climate adaptation, ecological transitions, equality and justice, and socio-economic development of cultural heritage sites affected by climate change. 

18 April 2022, International Day of Monuments and Sites creates a timely opportunity to present strategies that unlock the full potential of cultural heritage conservation, research and practice to offer climate-resilient ways to foster sustainable development, whilst also advocating 'fair transitions to low-carbon futures'. The theme of 'Heritage and Climate' determined for the International Day of Monuments and Sites invites us to consider, demonstrate and practice the numerous ways that cultural heritage can be used as a source of information when addressing climate change.

With the report containing the views of scientific experts on the scope and way of dealing with climate change issues in the steps to be taken towards the protection of tangible and intangible heritage in Cyprus, EMU URDC has invited all relevant institutions in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to take responsibility, take steps and take chargein line with the views and suggestions presented for the protection of cultural heritage and the negative effects of climate change. While the report containing suggestions for Northern Cyprus on cultural heritage and climate change issues has been shared with the public through the press, it has also been submitted to the TRNC Deputy Prime Ministry’s Office, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Environment and the TRNC Ministry of Economy and Energy as well as Famagusta Municipality, Nicosia Turkish Municipality, Kyrenia Municipality, Lefke Municipality and various Non-Governmental Organizations.”