Impacts of Climate Change on conservation of Caribbean Cultural Heritage in Colombia: Needs and Challenges
Paula Jimena Matiz López- Universidad Externado de Colombia
paula.matiz [at] uexternado.edu.co
Andrea Amórtegui Sánchez – Universidad Externado de Colombia
andrea.amortegui [at] est.uexternado.edu.co
Caribbean Cultural Heritage in Colombia is widely spread along the Atlantic islands and northern coast in which prehispanic remains, colonial cities and fortifications are settled. Most of the sites are declared national cultural heritage and protected by the Ministry of Culture. During the past years, several studies dealing with climate change, especially those regarding sea level and flooding risks, had been addressed for some places such as the Port, Fortresses and the historic city of Cartagena de Indias, since it was inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Other sites along Atlantic islands and northern coast of Colombia have not had the same attention. Still, the study of the impacts on the conservation of cultural heritage is an urgent necessity to be undertaken by local and national authorities in charge of cultural heritage protection. This presentation will provide a panorama of the studies conducted on climate change in the areas of Caribbean Cultural Heritage in Colombia. It will also focus on the needs for researching and reducing impacts in order to protect cultural heritage sites. Therefore, this presentation’s aim is also to expose some of the challenges for carrying out actions for the prevention and reduction of risks resulting from changing environments.