Climate Action, Social Cohesion and the Future of Venice: A collaborative dialogue

The event is organised by Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Hub and kindly hosted by The Human Safety Net

The City of Venice is considered a resilience hub by the UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) and has the ambition of  becoming a world capital of sustainability. The creation of the Venice Sustainability Foundation supports this ambition. The European Heritage Hub is keen to contribute to this positive and welcome development by stimulating a collaborative dialogue, learning from each other’s experiences and perspectives in Europe and beyond.

The intertwining of all aspects of our lives, irrespective of the city or country where we live, are patent. This is the reason why an exchange of views is needed on the way in which climate change affects the preservation and enhancement, not only of our tangible heritage but also of our intangible heritage, taking into due consideration the related social repercussions, in particular on the most vulnerable members of our society. Our event will focus on Venice, a potential positive example for other historic cities, in the light of the proven resilience of the city.

In September 2023, at the Human Safety Net, during its European Cultural Heritage Summit, Europa Nostra organised the European Heritage Hub Forum on  Reimagining the Anthropocene: Putting Culture and Heritage at the Heart of Climate Action. This Forum focused on culture-based solutions to climate change. Discussions fed into a global call to action to put culture and heritage at the heart of climate action, which led to the creation of the Group of Friends of Culture-Based Climate Action at COP28 held in Dubai with the adoption of the Emirates Declaration on Cultural-based climate action.


Welcoming remarks

Alexia Boro, Director – The Home of the Human Safety Net

Introductory remarks

Carla Toffolo, Programme Manager – Europa Nostra | European Heritage Hub


Marco Zatterin, Columnist – NEM Group


Sara Bronin, Chair – US Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and member of the Advisory Council of the European Heritage Hub

Pierpaolo Campostrini, Director – CORILA, Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice lagoon system

Alessandro Costa, Director General – Venice Sustainability Foundation and member of the Advisory Council of the European Heritage Hub

Emma Ursich, Executive Officer – The Human Safety Net

Closing remarks

Carla Toffolo, Programme Manager – Europa Nostra | European Heritage Hub

The event will be in English

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