Advocacy

Because of the wide range of challenges and disruptions taking place to effective heritage conservation in the US in recent years, US/ICOMOS has found it necessary to elevate advocacy as a core activity.

With a network that includes monthly information sharing meetings with representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Action, the National Association of State Historic Preservation Officers, the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, the Coalition for American Heritage, and many other important national heritage conservation organizations, US/ICOMOS has publicly taken positions and issued statements on the following issues:

Recent Advocacy

ICOMOS Climate Change Questionnaire Guidance and Links: Deadline 31 January 2020

The World Heritage Centre has launched an Online Consultation with key World Heritage stakeholders on the updating of the “Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage properties”. The consultation, which is taking place until 20 January 2020, will gather feedback and comments from key World Heritage stakeholders of…

Advocacy Alert:  Comment Now on Revised Changes to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

On January 10, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced that it was considering revisions to the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. The NPRM can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/10/2019-28106/update-to-the-regulations-implementing-the-procedural-provisions-of-the-national-environmental. NEPA plays a central role in the…

US/ICOMOS Statement on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage During Armed Conflict

US/ICOMOS denounces the suggestion made by President Donald J. Trump that he might order the destruction of heritage sites in retaliation for Iranian aggression in response to recent American actions in the Middle East. The United States has always provided leadership in the realm of protecting historic sites and honoring…

ICOMOS Passes Resolution on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

Meeting in Delhi this week, the ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium has adopted a resolution recognizing the significant and growing threat that climate change poses to global heritage, as well as the critical role that heritage can play as a source of information and strategies to adapt to…

New Research on Climate Change and Archaeology

A new paper published in PLOS One has highlighted the threat that sea-level rise poses to historic and archeological resources in the United States. Using the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA), researchers looked at sites in nine states on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. They discovered that even a…

4 Lessons from Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis

In April 2016 the Newport Restoration Foundation convened the first Keeping History Above Water conference in Newport Rhode Island. In October of 2017, the City of Annapolis convened the second conference, drawing more than 250 experts and practitioners to discuss the varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic…

Including Heritage in Resiliency Planning

In early October of 2017, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously to close a portion of the Great Highway, a multi-lane expressway running along Ocean Beach on the city’s Pacific coast. The section slated to be removed has been plagued by issues related to sea level rise and erosion, and…

Climate Change and the Inevitability of Loss

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As the effects of climate change on our cultural heritage become clearer, preservationists are increasingly facing the reality that it will not be possible to save all of our built heritage, at least not its present state. This realization may force tough conversations about how resources should be allocated moving…
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