Climate Change and UNESCO Heritage Pilot Project

The Climate Change and UNESCO Heritage pilot project will bring public and private bodies and their data together within three UK UNESCO heritage sites to develop and test models of improved joint working plus new approaches and data tools to share and analyse geodata effectively.

The project aims to enable the development of cross-cutting solutions to the impacts of climate change and to develop shareable tools and models for natural and heritage sites worldwide.

Some of the most difficult social, environmental and economic challenges, such as reducing crime or achieving net zero, sit across the areas of responsibility of multiple public sector organisations. The UK government wants to ensure the public sector is set up to deliver better outcomes where these rely on more than one part of the public sector.

To facilitate this, the ‘Shared Outcomes Fund’ was originally set up in 2019 to incentivise departments to work collaboratively across challenging policy areas, testing innovative approaches to strengthen joint working, improve outcomes and deliver better value for citizens.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been successful in our bid to receive funding from the third round of the Shared Outcomes Fund.

The Climate Change and UNESCO Heritage project aims to enable the development of cross-cutting solutions to the impacts of climate change and to develop shareable tools and models for natural and heritage sites worldwide.

The project has received £1.8million in funding and will run over the course of 2024-25, and will bring together the following government departments and organisations:

• Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

• Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

• Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

• Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

• UK National Commission for UNESCO

• Natural England

• Historic England

• Geospatial Commission

• Office for National Statistics

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