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International heritage instruments and climate change / Rae Sheridan, John Sheridan
Bib ID 7380487
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Sheridan, Rae, author
Description Champaign, Ill. : Common Ground, [2013] 
xviii, 547 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781612290713 (paperback)
Invalid ISBN 9781612290720

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"'International heritage instruments and climate change' considers the current and potential effectiveness of two UNESCO instruments, the 1972 'Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage' (the World Heritage Convention) and the 2003 'Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage' (the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention), in protecting and safeguarding the world's cultural heritage against the escalating threat from climate change. The book opens with a discussion of cultural heritage, the conventions, the science of climate change and related philosophy. It then considers the threat that climate change poses to cultural heritage, both directly and indirectly (through climate change's effects on humanity). Following this is a forensic interrogation of the conventions to determine their likely effectiveness. Questions posed relate to climate change vulnerability, lega efficacy, sustainable development and human issues such as displacement, health threats, security, climate justice, ethics and impacts leading to marginality and cultural loss. Recommendations are made as to how the conventions might be fortified to better protect and safeguard cultural heritage. Finally the book presents a case study built around the culturally rich region of Leh, Ladakh, which was recently devastated by climate change linked flooding and landslides. The authors conclude that cultural heritage protection and safeguarding is indivisible from the survival of civilisation. Adaptive measures to climate change can only be of limited temporary help providing little more than palliation. Mitigation is essential to the continuation of both civilisation and cultural heritage. Strengthened conventions, boldly administered and publicly engaged are seen as potentially providing an improved change for both heritage and humanity."--Back cover.

Full contents
  • Culture, last cab off the climate rank
  • The cultural Conventions - standard bearers for protection
  • The science. Climate change: causes and physical and biological impacts
  • Gaia theory and Mother Earth rights
  • Physical and biological impacts of climate change on cultural heritage
  • Climate change impacts on humans. Human impacts on cultural heritage
  • Climate change, displacement and migration
  • Climate change, health and cultural heritage
  • Climate change vulnerability and cultural heritage
  • Climate change, mitigation and adaptation

National Library's copy signed by author.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 517-547)

Subjects Cultural property -- Protection -- Political aspects.  |  Climatic changes -- Political aspects.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Sheridan, John (John W.), 1941- author


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