A Methodology for the Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Options for Cultural Heritage Sites

Bethune Carmichael, Greg Wilson, Ivan Namarnyilk, Sean Nadji, Jacqueline Cahill, Sally Brockwell, Bob Webb, Deanne Bird, Cathy Daly
2020 Climate  
Cultural sites are particularly important to Indigenous peoples, their identity, cosmology and sociopolitical traditions. The benefits of local control, and a lack of professional resources, necessitate the development of planning tools that support independent Indigenous cultural site adaptation. We devised and tested a methodology for non-heritage professionals to analyse options that address site loss, build site resilience and build local adaptive capacity. Indigenous rangers from Kakadu
more » ... ional Park and the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area, Arnhem Land, Australia, were engaged as fellow researchers via a participatory action research methodology. Rangers rejected coastal defences and relocating sites, instead prioritising routine use of a risk field survey, documentation of vulnerable sites using new digital technologies and widely communicating the climate change vulnerability of sites via a video documentary. Results support the view that rigorous approaches to cultural site adaptation can be employed independently by local Indigenous stakeholders.
doi:10.3390/cli8080088 fatcat:atdtq7z3frdtfbj4zae27b4udi