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North-South MoU on Climate Action and Cultural Heritage

North-South MoU on Climate Action and Cultural Heritage

Date: 08 Jul 2021

Resilience of cultural heritage assets needs to be increased

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cultural Heritage and Climate Action to support greater North-South co-operation in dealing with the impacts of climate change on built and archaeological heritage across the island.

Both the Government of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly have declared a climate emergency and recognise the central role that cultural heritage can play in driving climate action and in supporting communities to make a just transition towards climate resilience.

Integral to informing the MoU are many cultural heritage characteristics within the landscape and seascape that have transboundary qualities and relationships which add to their understanding. This includes the presence of shared transboundary heritage assets such as historic routeways, earthworks, waterways and sea loughs such as Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough as well as a common evolution of post-medieval built heritage and historic settlement patterns across the island.

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