Freshwater and Aquatic Ecosystems
Despite the fact that fresh water is essential for the survival of humanity, its importance is widely unrecognized and increasingly underestimated. Freshwater ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the different components of climate change. New contributions from both social and natural sciences are integrating the usual water engineering expertise in pursuing fresh water ecosystems conservation and more broadly, the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Network of Water Museums aims to become an active institution to collect and manage the all competencies concerning freshwater resources. Water Museums are among the most active institutions in schools to improve water awareness, co-create the best preservation practices and innovative relationships among local communities and a global audience.
Enjoy the Water
While having basic access to water is evidently critical for survival, once basic needs have been met, the extent to which water consumption contributes to wellbeing is not clear. Besides affecting human perceptions, water sources are indisputable elements that increase the quality of the environment. Waterscapes are strategic in re-connecting local communities with their sense of place, and thereby improving the sense of wellbeing. Water Museums are committed to involving locals and visitors in developing a shared, conscious enjoyment of waterscapes. Specific activities are set up through our Network targeted at increasing leisure and recreational uses linked to rivers, lakes, waterways and waterscapes.
From the beginning of civilization, flowing freshwater attracted and stimulated special relationships with human communities in specific environments hence encouraging the development of social orders. In this sense, different typologies of environment became the setting for shaping shared values, ranging from resource management to economic strategies and from ethic to aesthetic aspects. Water Museums are committed to promoting trans-disciplinary and holistic approaches among the natural and social sciences, to explore and better understand how the management of water flows must be considered among the most significant human activities to transform and keep a balance with the natural environment.