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Futures of our Pasts: Mobilising the cultural heritage sector for climate action. Seminar by Dr Will Megarry, Queen's University Belfast.

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Climate change represents the single greatest threat to our cultural heritage. From flooding in Venice to coastal erosion on Rapa Nui, its impacts are varied and global, yet cultural heritage is not just impacted by climate change, it can also be a powerful asset in responding to it. This talk will explore how we can use our past as an asset in responding to the climate crisis, proposing that cultural heritage can be a powerful driver for climate action. It will draw from the recent ICOMOS Futures of our Pasts report to explore how iconic heritage can be used to build awareness and stress urgency globally, and how intangible culture and traditional ecological knowledge can inform adaptation strategies more widely.

Dr Will Megarry is an archaeologist, geographical information systems (GIS) and heritage management specialist with over 10 years commercial and academic experience. He has a particular interest in (and has published widely on) the application and transferability of geospatial technologies to cultural heritage site management and protection. His career has included time in commercial GIS and heritage management consultancy and he has worked at World Heritage Sites and other cultural heritage sites around the world including Petra, Machu Picchu and the Brú na Bóinne. He is a member of ICOMOS Ireland and an Expert Member of ICOMOS-ICAHM.

He is Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast in Geographical Information Science, teaching GIS and remote sensing, with a particular focus on their use as decision support tools for policy and management decision making. He is also an active field archaeologist with an ongoing project in the Shetland Islands, UK.

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