Explore our cultural and natural heritage sites across the globe

Preserving Legacies is partnered with 10 cultural and natural heritage sites in 2023. These places of cultural significance, explored below, represent different heritage typologies, like archeological sites and living agricultural landscapes, and different climate threats, like sea level rise and extreme heat. While this diverse first cohort spans continents, cultures, and climate impacts, they all share a deep commitment to learn, connect, and build something new together.

Primary Sites

In the first year of Preserving Legacies, our two primary sites will go through a more robust program to link climate science and site conservation by enabling access to locally downscaled climate change models and organize a community-led workshop of the sites’ climate vulnerability as well as impacts on local communities.

Cadet Sites

In the first year of Preserving Legacies, eight cadet sites have been chosen to fully engage in climate heritage training and a peer-to-peer learning experience. Site custodians from these sites will shadow the full process at Petra and the Rice Terraces, including attending their workshops, to better prepare for their own assessments in 2024.

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The Khalifatabad Mosque City of Bagerhat is located in the southwestern part of Bangladesh and holds great significance in Islamic architecture and spiritual culture.The city was founded in the 15th century by Khan Jahan Ali, a revered Muslim saint and ruler. The site consists of numerous mosques, tombs, mausoleums, and bridges that display unique architectural styles as well as complex water supply and drainage systems, cisterns and reservoirs. Many of these buildings remain in use for both religious and non-religious purposes, preserving the traditional practices and promoting social and communal harmony. Bagerhat demonstrates a thorough historical knowledge of planning techniques and a strong desire for spatial organisation in a challenging environment, yet rising sea levels in the Bay of Bengal and increased precipitation are threatening to worsen the deterioration of these important structures.