European Cultural Heritage Green Paper

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The pioneering European Cultural Heritage Green Paper developed by Europa Nostra in partnership with ICOMOS and the Climate Heritage Network, and produced with the vital support of the European Investment Bank Institute.

Responding effectively to climate change is the defining task of our time. The effects of climate change are visible in every corner of the world, and the scope and speed of this phenomenon are ever more evident and alarming. This is particularly the case in Europe, a small continent with a very high population density and a strong interdependence between people and their living environment. The rich and diverse landscape of our continent is also deeply intertwined with cultural heritage – be it tangible or intangible, urban or rural, inland or coastal. Climate change, consequently, affects the people and their living and working environments alike.

Europa Nostra has therefore recognised climate action as a key priority in its policy agenda: the association has supported and is an active member of the Climate Heritage Network and we have proudly contributed to the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2019. This Paper confirms this strategic goal and commitment.

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