Towards a Global Network of Water Museums,1-5 May 2017, Venice, Italy

A common heritage for a sustainable future. Workshop at UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Palazzo Zorzi.


Today fresh water is increasingly rare all around the world. Water quality has deteriorated beyond repair in every corner of the planet, to such an extent that it is called the "Blue Gold" of the 21st century. Therefore, it is crucial to communicate to the largest possible audience the water challenges we are facing today on a global scale, as well as their possible solutions, combining past and present models and paradigms of sustainability.

Water Museums and Interpretation Centres represent a unique repository of the specific Water Civilizations that developed historically around the world. They imply a vast range of fields and disciplines in their displays.

For these reasons, the creation of a Global Network of Water Museums could give a very valuable impetus to the emergence of truly new perspectives concerning water sustainability.

During the workshop in Venice, Museums of Water, selected on the basis of their main characteristics and motivations, will discuss the main purpose to become a member of a World Network of Water Museums, and to assess their possible contribution to specific activities of the network.

The idea of the Workshop and the underlying concept of the Global Network of Water Museums have been developed in the framework of a long-standing cooperation between the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice) and Civiltà dell’Acqua International Centre.

More information (in Italian) on this site.

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