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Climate Change as a Threat to Peace

Impacts on Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity


Edited By Sabine von Schorlemer and Sylvia Maus

This volume takes a fresh look at climate change as a threat to peace and its impacts on cultural heritage and cultural diversity. It proceeds under the assumption that the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage and cultural diversity may challenge sustainable global peace. As innovative feature, the interdisciplinary nexus between cultural heritage and peace is explicitly taken account of. Accordingly, corresponding threats on climate change and conflict on the one hand, and protection of cultural property and climate change on the other, are pulled together into one conceptual triangle. While the importance of the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts tends to become more and more recognized, the crucial role of cultural policy as a reconciliatory, proactive element of building and securing of sustainable peace has so far been largely underestimated. This volume brings together opinions of renowned experts in the fields of international law as well as natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. The focus lays on the legal and institutional challenges faced by national and international stakeholders, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in particular. Moreover, it alludes to broader issues of mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
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CBD Convention on Biological Diversity CDG Capacity Development and Governance CDM Clean Development Mechanism CER Certified Emission Reduction COP Conference of the Parties CSICH Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage DESURBS Designing Safer Urban Spaces DRF Dose-Response Functions DRR Disaster Risk Reduction ECHR European Court of Human Rights ERU Emission Reduction Unit EU European Union FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation GHG Green House Gas HFA Hyogo Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction HUL Historic Urban Landscapes ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCROM International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property ICESCR International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ICJ International Court of Justice ICOMOS International Council for Monuments and Sites ICQHS International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures ICT Information and Communications Technology ILM International Legal Materials IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature IWRM Integrated Water Resources Management LECZ Low Elevation Coastal Zone MAB Man and the Biosphere Programme NGO Non-Governmental Organisation OHCHR Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OUV Outstanding Universal Value OWHC Organization of World Heritage Cities SES Social Ecological System SFA Systems and Flux Analysis SLM Soil and Land Use Management UN United Nations UNEP United Nations Environment Programme UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNHRC United Nations Human Rights Council UNIDROIT International Institute for the Unification of Private Law UNISDR United Nations Office...

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