The Council of Europe, in collaboration with the European University
Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC), organised a workshop on
“Climate Change and Cultural Heritage”. The workshop took place in
Villa Rufolo in Ravello, Italy from 14 to 16 May 2009.
The workshop was open to participants professionally involved in climate change
and natural heritage matters - leading scientists, government officials
and experienced users in the challenging field of predicting, modelling
and proposing mitigation and adaptation strategies on the impact of
climate change on cultural heritage.
The workshop provided the opportunity
to debate the effects of changing climate parameters on
material and structural characteristics of cultural
heritage among scientists, end users and policy makers.
Participants drafted a recommendation on the impact of cultural heritage
to climate change, which was adopted by the Committee of
Permanent Correspondents of EUR-OPA Agreement in Dubrovnik in October
2009. Recognising that climate change is an important threat to cultural
heritage, the Committee
recommend to Member States, institutional actors, NGOs
and experts different steps on how to better integrate climate change issues and
prevision in protection and maintenance of cultural heritage.