Climate change represents a major threat to the conservation, preservation and management of heritage. The government is committed to supporting owners, managers and custodians to conserve and protect heritage places into the future, and is investigating the impacts of climate change in collaboration with other agencies and the community.
The goal is to implement a strategy to effectively manage the impacts of climate change on heritage and support owners to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.
The NSW Climate Change Policy Framework aims to maximise the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of NSW in the context of a changing climate and international and national policy settings. The Framework aims to ensure that NSW, including heritage places listed on the State Heritage Register, are more resilient to a changing climate.
Internationally, there is a growing body of work around the impacts of climate change on World Heritage listed properties. In October 2019 the NSW Heritage Council resolved to endorse the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) The Future of Our Pasts: Engaging Cultural Heritage in Climate Action. This is an Outline of Climate Change and Cultural Heritage that explores the probable impacts of climate change on heritage places and provides tools for policy makers and communities to be better prepared, and to identify responses including preparation, adaptation and mitigation.