• Loss and Damage Research Observatory
  • Loss and Damage Research Observatory

Why Online museum

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Why online museum
Why an Online museum

The online museum will meticulously record and preserve the non-economic loss and damage experienced by communities. It will do so by capturing their experiences, cultural events, artefacts, and natural resources through photographs, videos and audio recordings. This will ensure that the essence and significance of these elements persist, even if they were to physically disappear.

Why it matters

  • Capturing the voices of communities

    We collect photographs, videos, and audio recordings directly from communities affected by non-economic loss and damage due to climate change. This firsthand documentation will not only bear witness to their experiences but also capture cultural events, artefacts and natural resources that are under threat and ensure that community voices are heard, and their heritage is preserved.

  • Preserving traditional knowledge

    We will work closely with local communities to digitally record and preserve the traditional knowledge, oral histories, and cultural practices, languages that may be at risk due to climate change. The aim will also be to identify strategies for preserving and protecting traditional knowledge.

  • Expert collaboration

    The museum will provide a collaborative space where experts from diverse fields, including anthropology, linguistics and conservation, can come together to guide, advise and document non-economic loss and damage in a comprehensive and professional manner. This interdisciplinary approach will ensure a holistic understanding of the issue.

  • Encourage physical artefact preservation

    In addition to making digital records available, the online museum will encourage local partners and universities to collaborate with museums, libraries and archives to collect and safeguard physical artefacts, documents and materials. Items such as traditional clothing, tools and practices that have been documented through photographs and videos can be added, ensuring that they are not forgotten.