Cultural Heritage Intangible Heritage Traditional knowledge, wisdom, ways of life, rituals, cultural practices, performances
Living Heritage Herbal medicine doctor teaching students on the benefits of different herbs.
Balanced Conditions Suitable and Stable Climate e.g. temperature, moisture, UV rays Traditional Knowledge Traditional Community Traditional Materials Happy Heritage Suitable soil chemistry and biological components
Imbalanced Conditions Sad Heritage
4,500 year-old male skeleton at the Ban Natong prehistoric cave site in the North of Thailand
Climate Change is directly affecting the world’s cultural heritage. Climate Change is acknowledged by world organizations dealing with heritage management e.g. UNESCO, ICOMOS, Getty Conservation Institute, and ICCROM as one of the most real threats that heritage is facing.
SPAFA published a journal on Impact of the Cyclone Nargis on Cultural Heritage Monuments in Myanmar.
Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage Physical Impact Direct Impact: Storm, flooding, erosion of coastal areas, melting permafrost, landslides, extreme precipitations, desertification Indirect Impact: Moisture, vegetation, salt crystallization, pest, biological effects, scarcity of traditional materials
Salt Crystallization and Dissolution
100 places to remember www.100places.com
Ban HuengKlang Village, Sekong, Lao PDRICCROM – SPAFA – Department of Heritage, Lao PDR
The Talieng (Trieng) Tribe
23,000 Talieng people live in southeastern Laos in remote mountainous areas of Sekongand Attapu provinces, near the border with Vietnam.
In the 3rd lunar month of every year the Talieng hold a 7-day ceremony where prayer is held for all Talieng ancestors. Buffaloes are sacrificed in front of the communal village house.
Communal House 50-60 years old Ban HuengKlang River
One day after: Tropical Storm Ketsana, 2009
Documentation of the Village’s Settlement Pattern
What is left of the village.
Model of the Village Hall
Cultural Impact Migration of traditional communities Adaptation causing loss of traditional practices and changing ways of life Change of environment (e.g. climate, vegetation, food etc.) Loss of Cultural Memory
For the first time in history, climate change makes conservators rethink conservation. It’s not possible to conserve everything and to conserve forever. Continuity of knowledge and traditional communities
Kaewwanna Living Indigo Museum
Learning about Moh Hom, a traditional way of life
Cooking local dishes
เที่ยวบ้านเก่า เข้าใจภูมิปัญญา Visiting old houses