Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
(A rapid vulnerability assessment of Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Macedonia)

In this project, which was mainly focused on transferring knowledge, a new model (impact matrix) for the assessment of the climate change vulnerability of archaeological sites was created. The model can be applied beyond the Macedonian context in which it was developed. The initial testing was carried out in three archaeological sites of Macedonia, namely the aqueducts of Skopje, Stobu and Ohrid. The testing showed promising possibilities to apply this model and to generate detailed prediction of potential climate change-induced hazards.

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Researchers / Partner:
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Macedonia, IHM – Institut für Heritage Management GmbH<o:p>


Michael Schmidt, Britta Rudolff. 2013. Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: Findings of a rapid Vulnerability Assessment of Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Macedonia and Recommendations towards National Strategies for Cultural Heritage Protection in the context of Climate Change. Projektbericht. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) und Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Macedonia.

Traditional knowledge in Heritage Management

Traditional knowledge in Heritage Management 
(The Water Management System of Bahrain)

In dieser ersten empirischen Grundlagenstudie zu den traditionellen und gemeinschaftsbasierten Wassermanagementansätzen in Bahrain konnte gezeigt werden, dass Fairness und Nachhaltigkeit durch mündliche Überlieferung als Kernwerte des Managementsystems fest etabliert sind. Die gemeinschaftliche Verantwortung trägt dabei zum sozialen Zusammenhalt der lokalen Gemeinschaft bei und bietet Modelle zur Konfliktschlichtung, die über Fragen des Wassermanagement hinaus Anwendung finden. Als Ausdrucksform des immateriellen Kulturerbes von Bahrain, sind die traditionellen, gemeinschaftlichen Wassermanagementkonventionen in die nationale Gesetzgebung eingeflossen und sollen im Ergebnis dieser Grundlagenstudie als immaterielles Erbe anerkannt werden. 

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Researcher / Partner: 
Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, Think Heritage! A cultural heritage think tank, Kingdom of Bahrain

Britta Rudolff, Muhammad al-Zekri. 2014. A network of traditional knowledge: the intangible heritage of water distribution in Bahrain, in: International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Vol. 9, S. 83-97

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