CVI Africa: Values-based Climate Change Risk Assessment: Piloting the Climate Vulnerability Index for Cultural Heritage in Africa

In many regions of Africa, the risks from climate change to cultural heritage are pronounced. The response to these threats has profound implications for the wider cultural and development of many countries. Through training and knowledge exchange, the project will improve preparedness measures for African cultural heritage sites and communities.

In many regions of Africa, the risks from climate change are pronounced as temperature increases in these regions are projected to be higher than the global mean increase. Whether and how those who care for cultural heritage respond to these threats has profound implications for the wider cultural and development of many countries. The CVI Africa Project improve preparedness measures for African cultural heritage sites and communities by investigating the time-critical need to put cultural heritage onto a new pathway for longer term resilience-building and change management processes in the light of the current and anticipated impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The CVI Africa Project is providing foundational training to a cohort of six African heritage professionals in climate change vulnerability assessments of cultural heritage sites using both remote learning techniques and hands-on workshops at two World Heritage Sites in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Project Details


Location: Tanzania, Nigeria, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Queen's University Belfast, African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Historic Environment Scotland, International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Project partner(s): Climate Heritage Network, Historic England, TAWA Tanzania, ICOMOS Nigeria, Union of Concerned Scientists, International National Trusts Organisation, James Cook University Funder(s): Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Funding received: £150,000 Commencement Date: 11/2020 Project Status: Active
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