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Climate Change and Its Impact on Built Heritage to Take Centre Stage at Inaugural Heritage 2030 Conference

The inaugural Heritage Ireland 2030 Conference will take place on Monday 24 October 2022 at Trinity College Dublin and online. The Summit will bring together stakeholders, members of the public and those working to protect heritage in communities, by showcasing successful projects, exploring challenges and opportunities and outlining progress in delivering the objectives of Ireland’s new national heritage plan.

This free event will be compèred by Anne Cassin (RTÉ’s Nationwide) and is open to both the general public and those working in the field of heritage. Following an opening address by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD, the event will feature speakers from local community groups, Local Authorities and state organisations working to protect heritage, including the Heritage Council and the OPW.

Climate change and its impact on heritage is the theme for a keynote address by John Sweeney, geographer and climatologist (Emeritus Professor, Maynooth University) to present on ‘Climate Change and the Built Heritage: Past Vulnerability and Future Adaptation’.

Minister Noonan said, “Heritage Ireland 2030 created a framework for structured engagement among heritage stakeholders, working together to deliver better outcomes for heritage in all its forms. The Heritage Ireland 2030 Summit is a key element of that delivery structure and will facilitate discussion and input both from those working in the heritage field and more broadly from members of the public.”

“Since the publication of Heritage Ireland 2030 in February, we’ve made significant progress in delivering many of the actions laid out in that strategy. At Monday’s summit I look forward to taking stock of the progress made so far and most importantly, hearing the views of attendees on how we can work together to ensure our heritage is protected for generations to come. I would encourage the public, students, and anyone interested in our unique heritage to register and attend.”

Heritage Ireland 2030 is Ireland’s national plan for the protection of our heritage. It was approved by Government in February 2022. As part of the implementation structure, an annual Heritage Ireland 2030 Summit will be held, to bring together stakeholders and those interested in heritage, underpinning the principle of collaboration that is central to the strategy.

The Strategy lays out a roadmap for the best possible future for Irish heritage, through a joined up approach between government, stakeholders and community, working together for the protection, conservation and management of Ireland’s heritage for the next decade and beyond.

The objectives of Heritage Ireland 2030 are set out under three themes: Communities, Partnerships and Leadership. The aim of the Heritage Ireland 2030 framework is to provide for structured collaboration to protect our heritage in all its forms – built, natural, cultural, linguistic, tangible and intangible – for future generations to enjoy. An accompanying action plan comprises over 150 discrete actions to be implemented.

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