“Global Network of Water Museums and UNESCO-IHP in support of Water Sustainability Education and Water Awareness Efforts”
“Water museums represent a unique heritage, displaying and questioning the different water civilizations that have developed around the world: from oases in the desert to terraced fields, water mills, waterways, aqueducts, fountains and rain harvesting artefacts… Today’s water resources are increasingly threatened by waste, quantity and quality degradation, despite extraordinary technological progress – or rather, because of it. Hydraulic heritage is a vital source of inspiration to face the modern water crises on a universal scale. In this context, the Global Network aims to reinstate a new relationship between humanity and water, a new sense of civilization, which helps us to reconnect people and water in all its dimensions: technical, but also social, cultural, artistic and spiritual.
The Resolution XXIII-6 was officially submitted to the IHP Council by the Netherlands and formally supported by Canada, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and Zambia through their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO.
The approval of the Resolution confirms future synergies of the Global Network with UNESCO with the objective to better use water museums to improve water management and to disseminate water-related knowledge through education and public awareness-raising activities, web platforms, conferences, workshops, publications, exhibitions and art performances.
The Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-NET) is a non-profit organization aimed at transmitting through generations unique water-related knowledge – both natural and cultural, tangible and intangible – including hydraulic artifacts, unique environments, management models and techniques, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. Currently, there are over 60 institutions, which count a combined audience of more than 5 million visitors per year. Each member has its own vision and diverse and particular approach with regard to water, concerning educational, cultural and scientific activities.
WAMU-NET was first established in May 2017 at the international conference hosted by the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (UNESCO), based in Venice, Italy, with the aim of preserving all waters, together with the cultural and historical dimensions which still may narrate the special and unique relationship of humanity with the liquid element.