UNESCO Designated Sites as a climate change observatory: thematic day at COP22
The sessions held at the UNESCO Pavilion throughout this thematic day will serve to explore how UNESCO designated sites can support the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development through concrete actions on the ground.
The iconic UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks provide useful platforms to apply and test climate monitoring, mitigation and adaptation, and to raise awareness on climate change impacts on human societies, cultural diversity, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the world’s natural and cultural heritage.
Spread across different regions, climates and ecosystems around the world, climate change is already being felt in many UNESCO-designated sites. Communities there are working on innovative ways to address climate change. As climate change observatories, many UNESCO-designated sites also contribute to mitigation solutions including by promoting green economies and the sustainable use of renewable energy sources.