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World Water System Heritage Programme

World Water System Heritage Programme (WSH)


World Water System Heritage Program (WSH) 2016ICID brought forward the idea of recognizing World Water System Heritage (WSH) at the 50th Board of Governors (BoG) meeting of World Water Council (WWC) in Budapest, Hungary in October 2013. The proposal was developed be a Task Force set up by President WWC and chaired by President ICID where a number of members of WWC participated. At the 54th BoG meeting of WWC in April 2015 in Gyeongju, Korea, the Task Force submitted the institutional design, communication strategy, financial aspects and timeline for the launch of the Program. During the 58th BoG meeting of WWC held in Jodhpur, India on 17-18 March 2016, the program was approved in principle and is proposed to be launched in November 2016 at Marseilles, during the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of WWC.


WSH program aims at identifying and preserving the people-centred water management systems, organizations, regimes and rules as intangible water heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity that creates coexistent social system for humanity and sound environment and giving them recognition.


The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Gain/learn lessons from water heritage systems,
  2. Disseminate the age-old wisdom gathered through them,
  3. Extract new ideas from the wisdom aggregated from the past, and
  4. Adapt the knowledge suitably in the present context.





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