Towards a Global Network of Water Museums – A Common Heritage for a Sustainable Future

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 6:00pm
Italy, Venice
Type of Event: 
Working group/Expert Meeting

The workshop aims to create a network among Water Museums and major archaeological sites related to water cilivizations, in order to increase international cooperation on cultural and museology projects among different institutions at global level.

The Workshop

The International Workshop is organized in Venice, Italy, by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO with the support of its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and in close cooperation with the Civiltà dell’Acqua International Centre based in Venice, Italy. It is aimed to strengthen the existing Water Museums at global level and, at the same time, to facilitate the establishment of a formal network among them, with a view of increasing their communication potential and their impact on policy makers, stakeholders, researchers, educators, and the public at large.

The workshop in Venice will have the specific aims of:

  • Facilitating an exchange of experiences and good practices among Water Museums having common features and/or issues to address (water resources management for civil, industrial and agricultural uses; climate change, education, etc.);
  • Strengthening skills, management abilities and knowledge of Water Museums with the view of enhancing their managerial and communication capacities while addressing the current emerging challenges for more sustainable water uses;
  • Laying the ground for possible common actions, exhibitions and projects dealing in particular with the promotion of new models for more sustainable water uses inspired at good practices of our water civilizations.

All this will contribute to lay the ground for the possible establishment of a Global Network of Water Museums under the auspices of UNESCO-IHP, and the participants should come prepared to discuss possible ways to formalize such commitment and to provide the network with the necessary coordinating mechanism and tools