ISC Water and Heritage

Water is an essential part of all cultural heritage. Without meaningful water management no human life is possible and therefore no cultural achievements. In addition, water plays an elementary role in coping with present and future challenges. A variety of material heritage and cultural practices are directly related to water, e.g. water supply systems, flood protection, dams and water wheels, waterscapes and urban deltas as well as cosmologies and administrative systems.

This cultural heritage is not only worth protecting but also a rich source of inspiration for sustainable solutions to water-specific problems. Water heritage can help us build fairer and more resilient societies. The aim of the proposed ISC is to explore the diverse aspects of water heritage in more detail, to discuss its protection possibilities, to make it known as a source of knowledge and to highlight the significance of water heritage for the administrative and planning design of the future.

Mission Statement
Statement of Significance