Heritage and Climate Change

The heritage resource is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.



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Projected changes to the Irish climate will have implications for our built and archaeological heritage. Warmer, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers, rising sea levels, flooding and coastal erosion can be expected to give rise to structural damage to monuments and historic properties. This may mean the undermining of structures, loss of ground adjacent to structures, exposure and erosion of archaeological sites, and collapse of unstable masonry elements. Other slow-onset risks identified include the loss of historic landscape features, decay of building fabric caused by increased saturation, microbiological growth to interiors and contents and increased corrosion of metal elements. Then there is the threat posed by maladaptation– the inadvertent loss or damage to heritage structures and sites during adaptation works by others.



Fingal County Council's Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 contains 133 actions that are on-going or planned within the Council. These include undertaking a Climate Change Risk Assessment of Fingal’s Cultural Heritage to identify and survey the architectural and archaeological heritage sites and designed landscapes at risk. Read more here




The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht has developed the Built and Archaeological Heritage Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan which aims to improve understanding of the heritage resource and its vulnerability to climate change impacts; to develop and mainstream sustainable policies and plans for climate change adaptation of built and archaeological heritage, so as to conserve Ireland’s heritage for future generations. Read here https://www.chg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2019/10/ccsap-built-archaeological-heritage-final-main-report-low-res.pdf

The Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) is one of four regional climate change offices that have been set up in response to Action 8 of the 2018 National Adaptation Framework (NAF). CARO will support the implementation of Fingal’s Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024. Read more here https://dublinclimatechange.codema.ie/about/dublin-caro/

PERICLES project is an EU-funded research and innovation project running until 2021. The project promotes sustainable, participatory governance of cultural heritage in European coastal and maritime regions. PERICLES has developed an interactive, online cultural heritage mapping, which enables data collection and analysis of the distribution of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. To contribute go to https://www.pericles-he