Principle 4

Engaging communities

Community knowledge should inform risk assessments and management of climate change impacts to heritage values.

Information about climate change risks to heritage places and objects should be provided to communities.

Communities should be provided with the results of risk assessments and with opportunities to participate in decision making.

Practical tips for owners and managers

  • Consider how the local and broader community can be engaged in your assessments and planning. This includes how impacts might be shared in the surrounding area. Collaboration is likely to lead to more effective outcomes for everyone.
  • Make sure to involve stakeholders, such as place users and volunteer groups, in decisions about the future management of the place early. Keep them updated on any changes. Consider potential impacts on the surrounding area.
  • Are there people who can help you assess the heritage values of, and impacts to, your place or object by providing information such as historical background or technical expertise?