Intangible cultural heritage: a benefit to climate-displaced and host communities

Aktürk, Gül and Lerski, Martha (2021) Intangible cultural heritage: a benefit to climate-displaced and host communities. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 11. pp. 305-315. ISSN 2190-6483

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Climate change is borderless, and its impacts are not shared equally by all communities. It causes an imbalance between people by creating a more desirable living environment for some societies while erasing settlements and shelters of some others. Due to floods, sea level rise, destructive storms, drought, and slow-onset factors such as salinization of water and soil, people lose their lands, homes, and natural resources. Catastrophic events force people to move voluntarily or involuntarily. The relocation of communities is a debatable climate adaptation measure which requires utmost care with human rights, ethics, and psychological well-being of individuals upon the issues of discrimination, conflict, and security. As the number of climate-displaced populations grows, the generations-deep connection to their rituals, customs, and ancestral ties with the land, cultural practices, and intangible cultural heritage become endangered. However, intangible heritage is often overlooked in the context of climate displacement. This paper presents reflections based on observations regarding the intangible heritage of voluntarily displaced communities. It begins by examining intangible heritage under the threat of climate displacement, with place-based examples. It then reveals intangible heritage as a catalyst to building resilient communities by advocating for the cultural values of indigenous and all people in climate action planning. It concludes the discussion by presenting the implications of climate displacement in existing intangible heritage initiatives. This article seeks to contribute to the emerging policies of preserving intangible heritage in the context of climate displacement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: climate change; climate displacement; protection of cultural heritage; intangible cultural heritage; cultural identity; communities; rituals; customs and traditions; natural disasters; floods
Subjects: A Cultural heritage: Theoretical and general aspects > 12 Climate change
A Cultural heritage: Theoretical and general aspects > 05 Intangible Cultural Herigage
Depositing User: Mr Jose García Vicente
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2021 21:48
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2021 23:28

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