Achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (on urban development) and SDG13 (on climate change) embody a juncture for coherence across distinct but intersecting strategic areas that explicitly considers the sustainability of natural and cultural heritage. The New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction provide a rare opportunity to open a debate about the role of heritage as a governance sector for sustainable development and the need to coherently align the overlapping of such policy areas. At NIKU we explore these intersections through empirical research and transdisciplinary approaches. We actively apply our scientific knowledge to solve practical challenges related to the monitoring of climate impacts on heritage conservation and strengthening the capacities of the heritage sector to enhance its strategic collaboration with wider development sectors in Norway.
NIKU is part of the Climate Heritage Network, a voluntary, mutual support network of governmental agencies, NGOs, universities, businesses and other organizations committed to aiding their communities in tackling climate change and achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.