DUNAS Project Presented at the Smithsonian for Climate Symposium


Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, the principal investigator for DUNAS (Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability), spoke to the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage at the Smithsonian Institute’s two-day symposium entitled, “Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change” held on March 5-6, 2020.

Climate change has become one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage around the globe. Yet cultural heritage sites and collections can also serve as an invaluable source of resilience for communities to address climate change.

Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, the principal investigator for DUNAS (Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability), spoke to this topic at the Smithsonian Institute’s two-day symposium entitled, “Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change” held on March 5-6, 2020. The objective of the Stemming the Tide symposium was to empower cultural heritage authorities, managers, and advocates to pursue more ambitious engagement and collaborative approaches with climate change matters.

This series of powerful presentations and discussions that Dr. Rivera-Collazo contributed to explored the impact of climate change on cultural heritage and communities worldwide, discussed the responsibilities of stewards of cultural heritage in fostering collaborative solutions, addressed urgent questions of equity and inclusion, and identified strategies that leverage cultural heritage for climate action.

To learn more about this event or to watch the recorded presentations, please visit: www.americanart.si.edu/research/symposia/2020/stemming-the-tide

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