The Global Network of Water Museums is a flagship initiative endorsed by the Council of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme)
All members at the 2nd conference in Biesbosch v4


The flagship initiative of UNESCO-IHP for the promotion of museums committed to water awareness education

The Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-NET) is a ‘flagship initiative’ of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme) which aims at fostering water awareness education.

WAMU-NET supports cooperation among museums, institutions, and people to implement new actions aiming to build anew culture of water’ and repair our deteriorated relationship with the most precious element for life.

WAMU-NET is established to re-connect people with all forms of water legacy (both natural and cultural heritages) and highlight the natural, social, cultural, artistic, and spiritual dimensions related to water and inherited form the past.

Mission Team
Two short videos explain why and when WAMU-NET was created, and what we do.

The first video (5’) explores the history of WAMU-NET and how water museums involve daily young generations with educational activities on water sustainability worldwide, also contributing to the Youth Contest and Award ‘The Water We Want’.

The second video (4’) aims at promoting better understanding of past hydraulic heritages and traditional practices of farsighted water management which have been handed down across generations with tangible benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Such far-seeing systems of knowledge and management visions are still of inspiration for wiser uses of water through nature-based solutions, low energy, and zero-waste technology.


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all united by a common passion for water, our planet’s life-giving blood.