The WAMU-NET Network is developing a common oral history approach to understand and map the relationships between people (locals and visitors) and the natural, social and cultural environment with economic services provided by freshwater ecosystems. The possibilities offered by new deliberative oral history methods will offer an inclusive methodical approach in which both human and non-human actors are considered, in their own terms. The results of such an approach are included in the website under our “Water Stories”.
Water is everywhere, both around us and within us. Through the research perspective “Embody Water”, our intention is to develop a strategy that promotes water-based awareness involving distinctive environmental empathy and an outdoor-lifestyle. This perspective will equally be enhanced through a combination of specifically designed digital tools, including digital routes. The fruitful relationship between cultural heritage and digital technology is an opportunity to improving public access to different forms of cultural, social and natural expressions. Collecting and digitizing water heritage, through local and regional routes, is a way to explore the tangible and intangible meaning of waterscapes outside the museums’ walls.
Two-thirds of the world’s population, as stressed by the UN, currently lives in areas of water scarcity for, at least, one month a year. Freshwater scarcity is currently one of the main problems related to the world’s water crises. This is also connected to many other challenges related to food production, everyday needs, and income generation. Pressing goals are thereby to provide and sustain adequate and efficient water availability for people living in conditions of water scarcity. It follows that, addressing the difficulties related to pollution, waste and distribution is amongst the most urgent research actions to implement in order to provide safe access to water.