Presentation on the Water and Heritage initiative by Prof. John Peterson, member of the Water and Heritage program and president of ICAHM.
- 4-8 December 2018
General Assembly of ICOMOS in Buenos Aires
Water as heritage: international conference:
- 27-31 May 2019 – Chiayi, Taiwan
Water as Heritage International Conference Concept Note >>,
the invitation to the conference, and
the webpage of the International Conference >>)
Water and Heritage project: update!
ICOMOS Netherlands and
the Centre for Global Heritage and Development received funding for the follow up of the Water and Heritage project. The funding comes from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water and will be used for several purposes. It will be used to send a number of Dutch delegates to
the Water as Heritage International Conference in Taiwan (May 27-31, 2019), to launch the publication
‘Adaptive strategies for water heritage’ and to create a related website.
In 2012, ICOMOS Netherlands started to raise the importance of water-related heritage for a sustainable future. In September 2013 the international conference
"Protecting deltas: heritage helps" was organized in Amsterdam, with the results of
‘the Statement of Amsterdam’ and the publication "
Water & heritage; material, conceptual and spiritual connections”.
In November 2016, ICOMOS NL in collaboration with the Centre for Global Heritage and Development organised the two-day international conference "
Water and Heritage for the Future" that took place in Delft and Fort Vechten. This conference led to the publication 'Adaptive strategies for water heritage' that is expected to be published by Springer mid 2019. At this conference the idea for an International Scientific Committee 'Water and Heritage' was born.
In December 2017, at the General Assembly of ICOMOS, the ICOMOS Scientific Council officially requested ICOMOS NL to make a proposal for an International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage. Subsequently, during the General Assembly, the Taiwan International Institute for Water Education offered to host an international conference on Water and Heritage in 2019 to assist the installment of the scientific committee. There is now a Program Committee with representatives from five continents and from both WATER (IWA, ICID, CIRAT) and various scientific committees of ICOMOS, an Advisory Board and a Concept Note.
From left to right: Henk van Schaik (Water Ambassador Icomos Netherlands), Emily Schultz van Haegen (former Minister Infrastructure and Environment), Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros (UNESCO Director Division of Water Sciences) and Diederik Six (board member ICOMOS Netherlands)
water and heritage for the future
‘Land of Water’ is one of the most important world heritage themes in the Netherlands. ICOMOS-Netherlands together with the
Centre for Global Heritage and Development adopted this theme as its main focus from 2013-2017. An important reason for this adoption was the increasing challenge water poses to (world) heritage sites worldwide, due to climate change. Awareness raising is an important step in protecting deltas and their historic values. And, water related heritage can play an inspiring role in planning and policy development for the future. ICOMOS-Netherlands is now working on the creation of an International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage.
Water and Heritage Shield
The goal of the Water and Heritage focus group is to implement a holistic approach to the relationship between water and society. Water in the natural environment is often taken for granted, or not given the thought that its all-too fragile relation to society and the built environment deserves. Especially in terms of heritage, looking towards the future can fall by the wayside, as experts in the heritage field often focus on the relationship between the past and present. However, in this day and age, when the changing climate requires a changing society, being future-thinking is vital to working towards solutions that can mitigate the impact of climate change.
The Water and Heritage Shield symbolises the holistic approach that this multifaceted challenge necessitates. The red stands for the need to reflect on heritage – becoming aware of the continuum of heritage from the past into the future. The blue stands for the rising water and the threat of changing climate’s impact on the world as we know it. Whereas the white in-between represents the wisdom that we need to overcome these challenges and work towards solutions for safeguarding heritage in a changing water environment.
Presentation of the Shield of Water and Heritage to Águas Emendadas Ecological Station by Diederik Six - 21 November 2018. foto: Agência Brasília
Protecting delta: Heritage helps!