The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Cultural Protection Fund – building heritage resilience

AnnouncementsClimate changeEventsINTO ProjectsProgrammes November 15, 2022

We are delighted to announce that INTO has received a transformative grant to work on climate resilience in global historic places. This £1.6 million award from the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, will connect member organisations across the Middle East, East Africa and UK.

Withstanding change: heritage amongst climate uncertainty will be a 2.5 year project. Building on funding received from the Cultural Protection Fund over the last 2 years – which has supported our work with communities in East Africa – the Withstanding change project will use case studies to highlight the relationship between climate change and heritage.

Inspired by work from the UK, priority capital works on important historic buildings threatened by climate change will be carried out. At the same time, the projects will engage local audiences on the value of their heritage, how it is affected by climate change and what they can do to make a difference.

Inspiring best practice

The conservation work will be inspired by best practice from the UK, with a learning visit to the National Trust in England and Wales planned for early 2023. The project will also be inspired by the National Trust’s climate adaptation manual, launched at COP27 in Egypt.

INTO is grateful to the British Council and DCMS for this support.

For enquiries related to this project, please get in touch with us at


National Trust climate adaptation guidance

Read the guidance developed by the National Trust and its partners for practical advice on climate adaptation

The rising Nile river waters at Wang-lei and the site keeper wearing white robes

Learn more about INTO's work in East Africa

Watch our documentary that unpicks the relationship between climate change and intangible cultural heritage. This 12-minute film was developed in partnership with CCFU and gives an insight into the first phase of our CPF-funded activity.

Watch now (links offsite)

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