Cultural Heritage Green Paper launch - Message from Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Europa Nostra Secretary General
Message from Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Europa Nostra Secretary General
“Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the whole Europa Nostra team and our partners from ICOMOS, the Climate Heritage Network, the European Heritage Alliance and the European Investment Bank Institute, we would like to warmly thank you for your participation in and contribution to the launch webinar of the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper “Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal”, which took place last Monday 22 March. Inspired by our Paper, the webinar offered a unique opportunity to collectively reflect on the contribution of cultural heritage to tackle one of today’s most urgent challenges: climate change.
We are most grateful for and proud of the great interest this webinar and Paper have received, with over 900 registered participants and more than 550 attendees. The audience was composed of climate and heritage policy-makers, experts and activists, including representatives from all EU Institutions, international organisations, national, local and regional authorities, civil society and academia. We are also thankful for the positive feedback which we have received from many of you during and after the event.
The webinar gathered an outstanding group of speakers and contributors: starting with Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra, Teresa Patricio, President of ICOMOS, and Francisco de Paula Coelho, Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute, on behalf of the project partners; and followed by a comprehensive and compelling presentation of the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper by its lead author Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group. Responding to the Paper, Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, conveyed powerful messages of endorsement of this document and expressing their willingness to contribute to the implementation of the many recommendations put forward by the Green Paper. Members of the CULT Committee of the European Parliament Dace Melbārde, Vice-Chair and Marcos Ros Sempere reacted to the Paper and expressed their endorsement and commitment to this timely topic. This high-level webinar was moderated by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra.
We appreciate that many more people would have liked to join us but were not able to due to overlapping commitments. We look forward to collaborating with you all and with an ever-growing coalition of partners to make sure the potential of our shared heritage is fully unlocked for the benefit of climate action in general and the European Green Deal in particular.
The launch webinar and the Green Paper - useful links
If you missed the launch webinar, you can watch the full recording here and read the related Press Release here.
Relive and follow the debate on social media via the hashtag #HeritageGreenPaper! See our Twitter thread here.
Here you can find the Executive Summary of the Green Paper.
Here you will find the Full version of the Green Paper.
IMPORTANT: Please note this is an Advanced Draft. We are currently working on a final version of the Full Paper which will include a few additional elements and an improved layout and graphic design. The final designed version will be available in the coming weeks.
Here you can consult the PPT Presentation of the Green Paper, which was delivered by Andrew Potts.
Stayed tuned for more developments! If you haven’t done it yet, please subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates on this important paper.
What comes next?
Call to Action
We are thrilled to finally publish the much-awaited European Cultural Heritage Green Paper, on which we have been working - in partnership - intensively for over a year. But above all, we see this Paper as the first step towards a sustained and beneficial cooperation between all the organisations involved. Our firm commitment to support the mobilisation of the cultural heritage sector for climate action does not end here: this document is only the beginning!
We are committed to widely disseminate the Green Paper across European heritage circles and convey it to decision makers at all levels: European and national, regional and local. We shall use this Paper as a policy and advocacy framework for the wide mobilisation of the cultural heritage community for climate action in Europe and beyond.
As it was communicated last Monday, Europa Nostra will set up a European multi-stakeholder platform on heritage and climate action to build on and deepen the collective knowledge developed with this Paper and to engage all parties concerned into ensuring adequate implementation of the recommendations proposed.
As it was communicated last Monday, the European Investment Bank Institute will introduce a new strand of its future activities dedicated to the topic “Cultural Heritage and Climate Action”. We are honoured to have inspired this development via our joint work on the Green Paper!
We encourage you to disseminate the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper through your network and to share with us your feedback, with further relevant information, case studies and reference documents on the timely topic of cultural heritage and climate action. My colleagues Lorena Aldana and Sara Zanini, from our Brussels Office (in cc) will be happy to receive your input and incorporate it, as much as possible, in the work of the upcoming European-multistakheolder platform mentioned above.
With my very best regards,
also on behalf of our partners from ICOMOS, the Climate Heritage Network, the European Heritage Alliance and the European Investment Bank Institute,
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Europa Nostra Secretary General