U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites Symposium 2020 is Canceled

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A notice from the World Heritage Initiative, Department of History, Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 18 March 2020 With great regret but with an abundance of caution regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in fulfillment of federal recommendations, we have cancelled the U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites Symposium scheduled for…

Introducing Our International Exchange Program Hosts: Proskene Conservation & Cultural Heritage, Madrid, Spain

Each year, organizations in the United States and all over the world host interns participating in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP). This commitment to historic preservation, international cooperation and the future brings big rewards to both intern and host.  Proskene Conservation & Cultural Heritage of Madrid, Spain, will serve…

“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,…

US/ICOMOS Signs on to Letter Advocating Against Proposed Revisions to the National Environmental Protection Act

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US/ICOMOS signed on to a letter representing the collective comments of 328 organizations and tribal nations, representing millions of members and supporters, responding to the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) proposed revisions to regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Many of our organizations and members will also be…

Protecting Cultural Heritage from Disasters – by Chris Marrion, ICORP President

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The UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2020, will be held from 2nd September to 24th September, 2020, in Kyoto, Japan. Over the years numerous disasters have impacted our cultural heritage including: fires in Notre-Dame de Paris, the Shuri Castle…

Announcing Terra 2021: Abstracts Due 1 April 2020

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Terra 2021 World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA from June 8 – 11, 2021. Organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS, Terra 2021 is expected to draw up to 600 specialists in the fields of conservation, anthropology, archaeology, architecture and engineering,…

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

  The Board of the ICOMOS International Committee for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) is pleased to announce the ICOMOS Interpretation 2020 Conference at Angkor, Cambodia. The conference will take place on September 28th and 29th 2020 with pre-conference tours on September 26th and 27th. The ICIP…

ICOMOS Climate Change Working Group Launches “Heritage on the Edge”

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The ICOMOS Climate Change Working Group (CCHWG) has launched “Heritage on the Edge,” produced in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, CyArk, and local site managers. This project digitally documents and shares the stories of five World Heritage sites around the world experiencing the impacts of climate change: Rapa Nui National Park (Chile),…

Introducing our International Exchange Program Hosts: World Heritage Office, City of San Antonio, Texas

Each year, organizations in the United States and all over the world host interns participating in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP). This commitment to historic preservation, international cooperation and the future brings big rewards to both intern and host. The World Heritage Office of the city of San Antonio,…

Inaugural issue of Parks Steward Forum: “Climate Change and Protected Places: Adapting to New Realities”

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US/ICOMOS is pleased to announce that 5 papers from our 2018 Symposium “Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World” have been published in the inaugural edition of the Parks Stewardship Forum, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Place-Based Conservation, an open-access journal serving the global stewards…

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…

Puerto Rico Earthquakes: Update and How You Can Help

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Firefighters survey a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Guanica on January 7. Credit on Image: from CNN post. On January 7, 2020, Puerto Rico was struck by a significant earthquake and has since suffered many subsequent aftershocks. To all friends from outside of Puerto Rico who have asked how…

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 Elects New Trustees and Officers

Congratulations to the new trustees and officers of US/ICOMOS, who were elected by a vote of the membership in December. We look forward to the skills, insights, and passion that newly elected trustees William A. Bell, Sr., Tom Cassidy, and Lea Shanley and elected officers Douglas C. Comer (President), Destry…
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