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Climate Change and World Heritage Cities

Thursday 16 February 2012, 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture, 82 Nicolson Street.

Feb 7, 2012

How should World Heritage cities plan for the effects of climate change?

Whilst there is a need to conserve historic cities, they also show great potential to adapt to climate change, having developed throughout the centuries, often with a dense historic core built using traditional and locally sourced materials.

Edinburgh World Heritage has been working in this area for some time, and the EWH Energy Efficiency Officer Chiara Ronchini was recently invited to present a series of projects at the World Congress of World Heritage Cities in Sintra, Portugal.

This event is an opportunity to hear more about how Edinburgh and other historic cities are meeting the challenge of climate change.

The event is a collaboration between Edinburgh World Heritage, the RSA Fellows’ Media, Creative Industries Culture & Heritage Network and the Italian Institute of Culture.

Tickets are free but booking is essential –please contact:



Chiara Ronchini has been the World Heritage Site Energy Efficiency Officer for 2 years. She is responsible for initiating, managing and delivering energy efficiency programmes, community-led regeneration projects and developing climate change research for the site through local, national and international networks. Chiara holds an M.Arch. in Architecture and Planning, specialising in the sustainable management of World Heritage Sites.

Alessio Bozzo graduated in physics at the University of Bologna in 2004. He worked on his PhD thesis at the University of Bologna in collaboration with the German meteorological service (DWD) studying the role of ice clouds in the Earth energy budget. Since 2009 he has been a post doctoral research assistant funded by the UK National Centre of Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) based at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. His research has explored the role of natural climate variability in the Earth climate of the last millennium both in state-of-the-art climate models and observations on the effects of large volcanic eruptions.

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