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

“Stemming the Tide” Symposium a Resounding Call to Action for Cultural Heritage Professionals

Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group, organized an informative, inspirational and action-oriented two day symposium entitled “Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change” 5-6 March in Washington,…

CANCELLED: ICOMOS Interpretation (ICIP) 2020 Conference at Angkor, 26-29 September 2020

Forwarded at the request of ICOMOS ICIP – International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation It is with great regret that the ICIP Board announces the cancellation of our 2020 interpretation conference in Angkor, Cambodia. We are facing extraordinary challenges around the world, including uncertainty about how long COVID-19 quarantine…

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…
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