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Adapt Northern Heritage (ADAPT Northern Heritage)


Adapt Northern Heritage is concerned with adapting northern cultural heritage to the environmental impacts of climate change and associated natural hazards through community engagement and informed conservation planning. The project is going to develop an online tool to assess the risks for and vulnerabilities of historic places and provide guidance for the planning of strategic adaption measures. The tool is applied in nine case studies, in Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Scotland, for which adaptation actions plans will be produced. 

“Climate change will have a direct effect on heritage sites, through physical changes in the environment that change the conservation conditions for the materials of the site. We have only seen the beginning of the physical change”, notes the 2010 report Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in the Nordic Countries. Action is urgently needed to prevent or at least minimise accelerated deterioration and loss of historic places in the northern world regions.

Due to the remoteness and geographical dispersedness, communities and authorities in Europe’s Arctic area and Northern Periphery and other northern world regions are finding particularly difficult to develop the required capacities, and allocate sufficient resources, to manage their cultural heritage actively taking climate change into account. Adapt Northern Heritage will support stakeholders by helping to build capacity and providing tools that will enable communities and authorities in northern world regions, to cope better with the complexities added to historic place management in times of a changing climate.


Project information


Historic Environment Scotland, UK


Norwegian Department for Cultural Heritage, Norway

Norwegian Insitute for Cultural Heritage Research, Norway

Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, Iceland

Argyll and Bute Council, U.K

Aurland kommune, Norway

Environmental Agency of Iceland, Iceland

Governor of Svalbard, Norway

Icelandic Met Office, Iceland

Kerry County Council, Ireland 

Museum Nord, Iceland

National Trust of Scotland, U.K

Northern (Artic) Federal University, Russia

Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden

Timespan - Helmsdale Heritage and Arts Society, U.K

Source of funding

Interreg programme for the Northern Periphery and Arctic

Reference information


Published in Climate-ADAPT May 17 2023   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 12 2023

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