ICOMOS Workshop and Conferences  “Coastal Communities, Heritage and Climate Change”

22.-28.08.2022 Estonia – Narva-Tallinn-Lahemaa-Saaremaa


Tallinn Conference „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“

Viinistu Conference “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions”

Photos of Tallinn conference and reception

Photos of Viinistu Conference and Mohni island picnic

ICOMOS Nordic-Baltic Network in cooperation with ICOMOS Rights-Based Approaches Working Group, International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage, Estonian Academy of Arts, Environmental Board of Estonia and other partners calls members of ICOMOS and heritage communities to take part in the ICOMOS workshop on coastal heritage, communities and climate in August in Estonia. The working language is English, translations can be provided in case of necessity. The event is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers

The workshop consists of open conferences, site visits and separate thematic closed workshops in Tallinn and Lahemaa NP. There are two site visits- to the War, and Iron Curtain landscapes up to Sillamäe and the Viking age and medieval coasts of Saaremaa island. The site visits are optional. The heritage workshop is preceded by special workshops on the threats to  Ukrainian heritage and future collaboration of Nordic-Baltic ICOMOS NC-s.

Within the workshops, there will be two open conferences for the general public – „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“ on 24.08 in Tallinn and “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions” on 26.08 in Viinistu. Registration for the conference participants in Tallinn and Viinistu is open here https://forms.gle/GgAkMN7NzCTUTxby6 .

The third Nordic-Baltic workshop on community rights and heritage is dedicated to the interrelations between communities, heritage and climate change on the example of coastal communities. Themes – traditional communities, indigenous peoples, UNESCO sites, conflicting histories, climate resilience, coastal landscape changes and challenges, heritage impact assessments, heritage in conflicts. The workshop aims to contribute to the cooperation of regional experts in working with contemporary challenges of heritage protection – community inclusion and the implementation of sustainable development goals. The workshop targets expert and heritage community levels.

With the topic of coastal heritage and climate change, we hope to get a deeper understanding of the variety of issues heritage is tackling in the face of rapid climate change via very concrete coastal communities’ perspectives, knowledge, practices and livelihoods. This workshop concentrates on holistic approaches to coastal heritage – tangible and intangible, movable and immovable heritage, landscapes and spaces, land and water.  

Workshop schedule:

Monday, 22.08

9.00-19.00 Start at Kalev Spa. Pre-tour with bus led by Robert Treufeldt (ICOFORT). Tallinn – Sillamäe City – Narva castle (lunch at Rondeel) and Kreenholm (Jaanus Mikk) – Sinimäed (Ivika Maidre ja Igor Sedunov, coffee and pies) – Tallinn

Tuesday, 23.08

9.00-12.00 Start at Kalev Spa Pretour in Tallinn with public transport – Memorial of the Victims of Communism and Maarjamäe memorial, led by Robert Treufeldt, ICOFORT

12.30 -13.30 Lunch /Rottermann R14, lunch offer 7.50/5.00 eur/

14.00 Battery Sea Fortress, introduction by Artur Ümar, meeting at Chimney

15.00-17.00 Special hybrid workshops in Battery Sea Fortress and zoom, link https://zoom.us/j/94474469350

15.00-16.15 Special workshop on Threats to Ukrainian coastal heritage and communities

Keynote lecture: Mykola Haida. Landscapes of War.

Discussion with ICOMOS Ukraine on the situation in Ukraine. Moderated by Riin Alatalu. ICOMOS Ukraine participants – Olena Serdiuk, Serhii Kozak, Mykola Yakovyna, Mykola Hayda

16.15-17.15 Special workshop on Nordic-Baltic Cooperation “Heritage Dialogues“, Tallinn and web Moderated by Ave Paulus and Arnstein Brekke.

17.15 Evening tour in Battery Sea Fortress Prison Museum with Robert Treufeldt

18.00-19.30 Evening tour in Seaplane Harbour with Mihkel Karu, Teele Saar and Priit Lätti

Dinner /place to be specified/

24.08.2022. Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts

Open Conference „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“ Presentations and discussions on water heritage and communities – coastal histories, livelihoods and climate change.

10.00 Welcome Words. Mart Kalm, Rector of Estonian Academy of Arts

Ave Paulus, President of ICOMOS Estonia, moderator

10.10 Opening lecture. Riin Alatalu, Estonian Academy of Arts, ICOMOS International. State of Affairs: UNESCO 50 and Old Tallinn

10.40 Opening lecture. Stener Ekern, ICOMOS OCD-RBA, Oslo University. Human Rights, Cultural Rights, Heritage and Tradition

11.10  Rita Johansen, Vega World Heritage Foundation, Norway. Vega World Heritage – A small society with challenges and opportunities

11.40 Toomas Kokovkin, Hiiumaa. Locals in the UNESCO West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve

12.10-12.40 Bente Mathisen, ICOMOS Norway. Bryggen Bergen: Facing the Sea

12.40 – 13.10 Elena Perez-Alvaros, ICOMOS UK. The effects of climate change in identity: the transformation of lives through underwater cultural heritage.

13.10-14.10 Lunch break /nearest places are in Baltic Station Market/

14.10 – 14.40 Aivar Ruukel. UNESCO Heritage – Estonian Expanded Dugout Boat

14.40  – 15.10 Hanne Seljesaeter. Kystlaget Salta, Norway. Coastal Heritage Societies are keeping UNESCO Nordic Klinker Boat tradition alive.

15.10 – 15.40 Helgi Sigurdsson. ICOMOS Iceland. Icelandic Antique Boat Tradition 

15.40 – 16.10 Maili Roio. Historical Wrecks in Estonian Waters

16.00 – 18.00 Tour in Tallinn Old Town and Maritime Museum Fat Margaret, led by Henry Kuningas

18.00-19.00 Tour in Maritime museum “Fat Margaret” led by Maili Roio and

19.00 ICOMOS Estonia welcome reception in Maritime museum “Fat Margaret”

25.08. 9-19 Workshop and site visits on the North Coast of Estonia  – Lahemaa. Communities as part of coastal and water heritage management – practice and challenges. Bus from Kalev Spa 9.00

Jägala Linnamäe HEP case.

Hara harbour – Tarvi Velström (Hara), Artur Talvik (Juminda Peninsula Society, SAR)

Käsmu maritime museum and boat building – Aarne Vaik. Lunch and museum 25 eur person

Viinistu harbour – from Fish Factory to Art Haven. Arthur Manitski

Accommodation in Viinistu hotel

26.08. International Conference in Viinistu “Chapel”  “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions” Presentations and discussions on water heritage and communities – coastal histories, livelihoods and climate change.

10.00 Welcome words. Leelo Kukk, Vice President of the Environmental Board of Estonia

Riin Alatalu, Vice President of ICOMOS International, moderator

10.10 Opening lecture.  Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Committee on Water Heritage, ICOMOS Sweden.  “Water Heritage in Sweden – Great Importance and Major Problems”

10.40 Opening lecture. Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Estonia, Environmental Board of Estonia. The holistic concept of Coastal Heritage. Coastal Heritage of Estonia

11.10 Mykola Yakovyna, ICOMOS Ukraine. Ukraine Landscapes of Princely Halych

11.40 Tanja Røskar, Inger Nina Isaksen. Challenges in a changing climate for small heritage buildings on the water’s edge

12.10 Arnstein Brekke. ICOMOS Norway. Wisdom in Wood – Nordland coastal architecture

12.40 Hele Kiimann, Uppsala University, Maritime Museum. The Research and Popularisation of Maritime Cultural Heritage: Collaboration between Museums, Schools, Local Communities and Universities 

13.10-14.10 Buffet lunch

14.10-14.40 Elisabeth Shotton. ICOMOS Ireland. Harbourview: An Irish-Welsh networking initiative

14.40 – 15.10  Andris Sne. ICOMOS Latvia. Prehistoric and historic coastal heritage in Latvia: lost sites and living traditions

15.10 – 15.40 Aira Andriksone, ICOMOS Latvia. Heritage and its guardians at the North-West Coast of Latvia – preserving, adapting, developing

15.40-16.00 Jaan Vali, Estonian Lighthouse Society. Historical lighthouses and navigation aids of Lahemaa

16.00 – 21.00 Evening picnic in the Mohni island and lighthouse complex

27.08 7.30 Viinistu/9.00 Tallinn – 28.08.2022. 19.00 Tallinn. Post-tour to Muhumaa and Saaremaa: Anneli Randla, Kadri Tüür, Inga Raudvassar, Riin Alatalu and Tõnu Sepp

Muhu church and Koguva village community – Maasi Forthill, Valjala church, Kuressaare town (staying overnight), Salme Viking finds exhibition, Kudjape cemetery, Kaali, Pöide church.

The transport partner of the event is GoBus. Special thanks.

The accommodation partner for the workshop is Kalev Spa https://www.kalevspa.ee/en/hotel/spa-offers/ in Tallinn and Viinistu Art Hotel https://www.viinistu.ee/hotell

There is a special price for the accommodation of participants of the workshops,  code ICOMOS. For the presenters, two nights 23.08-25.08 in Tallinn and two nights 25.05-27.08 in Viinistu, are at the organiser’s expense. For additional nights, please, use promo code “ICOMOS” on the official home pages (or contact directly), not other booking sites.

We welcome you to Estonia!

With special thanks to the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Environmental Board of Estonia

On behalf of the organisers and partners of the workshop,

Ave Paulus, 

President of ICOMOS Estonia, Environmental Board of Estonia



Partners of the Workshop, organising committee:

Ave Paulus ICOMOS Estonia, President, CCH, OCD-RBA, Water Heritage, Environmental Board of Estonia

Riin Alatalu ICOMOS Estonia, ICOMOS International Vice President, Estonian Academy of Arts

Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Sweden, Water and Heritage Vice President

Magnus Borgos ICOMOS Norway, President

Ulrika Mebus, ICOMOS Sweden, President

Kirsti Kovanen, ICOMOS Finland, President

Katrina Kukaine ICOMOS Latvia, President

Stsiapan Stureika, ICOMOS Belarus, President in exile

Mykola Haida, ICOMOS Ukraine, President

Laura Robinson, ICOMOS OCD-RBA Focal Point

Stener Ekern, ICOMOS OCD-RBA

Jana Jakobsone, ICOMOS Latvia

Käsmu lighthouse. Photo: Toomas Tuul
Tallinn. Toomas Tuul
Viinistu Art Haven and hotel. Toomas Tuul