How Is Chan Chan Adapting to Climate Change

The site is taking steps to address the threats

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Laborotory at Chan Chan by CyArkCyArk

In response to climate change concerns, Peru has taken steps to address the threats incurred by erosion and the rising water table levels at the property and, amongst other actions, has developed and adopted a management plan and an emergency and disaster preparedness plan. 

Excavations are ongoing at the archaeological complext by CyArkCyArk

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has spent $8 million and hired around 1,000 workers to adapt and protect the site from these extreme weather events.  

This is a time-consuming process which can only be done by hand and involves shoring up walls with sand to prevent water accumulation.   

ICOMOS representative Milagros Flores presents at Chan Chan by CyArkCyArk

Although the property remains inscribed on the UNESCO Danger List, significant efforts have been made by local, regional and national authorities, as well as international partners, in implementing activities in the framework of the El Niño Southern Oscillation Prevention Programme (ENSO) since 2014. 

Funerary complex at Chan Chan by CyArkCyArk

The Pan-American Conservation Centre for Earthen Heritage Sites (PECACH) has carried out further research of materials, construction techniques, and methods to monitor environmental conditions.     

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Milagros Flores, ICOMOS and President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage.  

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