Climate adaptation is often approached as a technological innovation process, requiring technology and R&D investments to support this shift. However, in this event, we present climate adaptation as a human process, requiring cultural resources and a change in mind-set to succeed. It considers the power of culture, heritage and historical knowledge as assets for local climate adaptation strategies.

We present four examples from the Kingdom of the Netherlands where culture-based solutions to local climate adaptation were successfully implemented. These include examples from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a rural-agricultural area, and a case from the Dutch Caribbean. The comparison of the best practices then is discussed by a panel of experts and practitioners, reflecting on the role of heritage and culture as drivers for climate adaptation action. The cases will show the promises of using local and traditional forms of knowledge, of building on past experiences, and of the use of culture and heritage as vital instruments for the much needed change in mind-set in order to make climate action more culturally accepted.

The project KEEP ON will be presented by the partner Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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