Lauching of the Rivers and Heritage website at the World Water Forum

Le mar 16, 2012 dans la categorie Initiatives par Emmanuelle Robert | 0 Commentaire »

The Rivers and Heritage website was officially launched on 15. March 2012 at the World Water Forum in Marseille (France), during the session on Water Culture in Local Governance organised by the International Association of Francophone Muncipal autorities (AIMF) in partnership with the Water Academy and UNESCO within the framework of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement. The website was created as part of the Rivers and Heritage programme, conducted within UNESCO with the support of the France-UNESCO Convention.

The aim of the programme is to « reappropriate cultural ownership of the river ». While rivers all around the world experience a new phase of development, whose impacts are significant and controversial, there is a renewed interest in the river as a common good. In the areas concerned, rivers are considered a resource with multiple cultural, economic, environmental and socialvalues. Numerous actions taken by local authorities or the civil society reflect these new aspirations.

This programme will also include the establishment of a network of stakeholders and resource persons. The aim of the network is to create a pole of knowledge and skills on the river, in order to respond to requests for expertise or technical support and offer answers to specific questions regarding the development or management of river sites, particularly World Heritage sites. The first initiative is the recently-created network of River Centres (Saint Louis du Sénégal, March 2011).

The programme will build on the experience gained within the various past and present projects. The website is, above all, a tool for exchange. It is intended to gather multiple contributions on projects or achievements, interviews, recent news, events, research works or publications. Through these crossed perspectives, the website sheds light on this shared concern over rivers and offers everyone the possibility to benefit from the actions undertaken.

Contact: Emmanuelle Robert (e.robert@unesco.org) & Jacky Vieux (jacky.vieux@laposte.net)

(translated from French by Alessandra Tribotti)

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