ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group
Andrew Potts is the coordinator of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG). In December 2017, the Triennial ICOMOS General Assembly meeting in New Delhi, India committed the organization to “Mobilizing ICOMOS and the Cultural Heritage Community To Help Meet the Challenge of Climate Change.” The CCHWG was formed to advance the Resolution’s ambitious mandate. The Group is currently working on a variety of initiatives in line with ICOMOS’s view that heritage sites as well as local communities' intangible heritage, knowledge and practices constitute an invaluable repository of information and strategies to address climate change, even while those resources are themselves at risk from climate impacts.
A lawyer by training, for 20 years Andrew practiced in the Tax Credit Finance & Syndication group of Nixon Peabody LLP, where he focused on the intersection of historic preservation and sustainable development finance. Before that, he served as Associate General Counsel of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the National Trust’s John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy. Andrew is a member of the ICOMOS international committee on heritage Law, Administration and Finance (ICLAFI) and previously served as ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Friday, November 22
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM