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Special Issue "Cultural Heritage Conservation and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Máiréad Nic Craith

Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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Interests: Intangible cultural heritage; world heritage sites; heritage and human rights; literary heritage; power and cultural policy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ullrich Kockel

Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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Interests: sustainable local/regional development, especially the appraisal, planning and management of cultural resources, approached from an interdisciplinary perspective rooted in ethno-/anthropology, cultural ecology, political economy and philosophy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The European Union has designated 2018 as the first European Year of Cultural Heritage. This year will celebrate historic buildings in towns and cities, as well as the expressions of heritage in the landscape and in archaeological sites. It also highlights what one may call “living heritage”, including literature, art, crafts, traditional stories, food ways and social media.

Drawing on that broad definition of heritage, this Special Issue focuses on issues of conservation and sustainability for the heritage sector at large. Topics of relevance include the impact of climate change on historical buildings, human ecological dimensions of cultural heritage conservation, the challenges of cultural heritage tourism for sustainable economic development, or the impact of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on tradition bearers and communities. The geographical scope of this special issue is global, encompassing urban and rural contexts, authorised, as well as subaltern approaches to tangible and intangible heritage; sustainability is considered in all relevant forms, including social, economic, cultural and political along with environmental.We welcome theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as case studies.

Prof. Dr. Máiréad Nic Craith
Prof. Dr. Ullrich Kockel
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • World Heritage status and sustainable development
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals and heritage
  • Sustainable cultural tourism
  • Conservation of intangible heritages
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Heritage in vulnerable environments
  • Co-curation of cultural heritages
  • Cultural resource management

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Open AccessArticle Securing the Future of Cultural Heritage by Identifying Barriers to and Strategizing Solutions for Preservation under Changing Climate Conditions
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2143; doi:10.3390/su9112143
Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 15 November 2017 / Accepted: 19 November 2017 / Published: 21 November 2017
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Climate change challenges cultural heritage management and preservation. Understanding the barriers that can impede preservation is of paramount importance, as is developing solutions that facilitate the planning and management of vulnerable cultural resources. Using online survey research, we elicited the opinions of diverse
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Climate change challenges cultural heritage management and preservation. Understanding the barriers that can impede preservation is of paramount importance, as is developing solutions that facilitate the planning and management of vulnerable cultural resources. Using online survey research, we elicited the opinions of diverse experts across southeastern United States, a region with cultural resources that are particularly vulnerable to flooding and erosion from storms and sea level rise. We asked experts to identify the greatest challenges facing cultural heritage policy and practice from coastal climate change threats, and to identify strategies and information needs to overcome those challenges. Using content analysis, we identified institutional, technical and financial barriers and needs. Findings revealed that the most salient barriers included the lack of processes and preservation guidelines for planning and implementing climate adaptation actions, as well as inadequate funding and limited knowledge about the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage. Experts perceived that principal needs to overcome identified barriers included increased research on climate adaptation strategies and impacts to cultural heritage characteristics from adaptation, as well as collaboration among diverse multi-level actors. This study can be used to set cultural heritage policy and research agendas at local, state, regional and national scales. Full article
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