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Protecting cultural heritage from sea level rise

Cover Photo: Benjamin Jones, USGS, from Flickr

Considering Sea Level Rise and Cultural Heritage: A Resource for Municipalities

As with natural resources, biodiversity, public health, and municipal infrastructure, the integrity of our cultural heritage is threatened by climate change. Of the various climate change hazards we face, sea level rise (SLR) is one of the most damaging to our tangible cultural heritage. As a direct result of the climate change impacts identified by several of the participating local governments and their interest in protecting cultural assets from SLR, we developed Considering Sea Level Rise and Cultural Heritage: A Resource for Municipalities. This resource helps municipal planners better understand cultural heritage and the various approaches and adaptive actions that can be taken to begin SLR management or continue these efforts.

This publication was produced through the Together for Climate (T4C) Project with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.
We would also like to acknowledge those who graciously shared their experiences and knowledge to help shape this resource and express our gratitude to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations for permission to highlight their important ancestral site, Kiixin. Thank you as well to those who shared images used in the resource.

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