20 years of campaigning for inland waterways
IWI brings together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. See the full mission statement under ‘Objectives’.
Since 2008 IWI’s WCC Site Selection Committee has been choosing the site to host the annual World Canals Conference, from the applications submitted. The committee is currently chaired by Rory Robinson.
See details of the forthcoming events – WCC 2016, Inverness, Scotland and WCC 2017, Syracuse, NY, USA – on our WCC page.
IWI brings together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. It aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of using waterways for a wide range of activities, from inland water transport to cruising, towpath walking and other recreational uses, as well as appreciating their architectural and landscape values as heritage. It also promotes restoration, where appropriate, of waterways which have become derelict.
Its membership includes leading navigation authorities, as well as voluntary bodies, museums and commercial companies. Individual members include both users and experts in the various disciplines.
All have a keen interest in both the history and the modern significance of inland waterways for commercial carrying and recreational use. Today the membership covers 20 countries from around the world.
David Ballinger – Canada
David MacDougall – Canada
Norman Smith – France
Paul Ayres – UK
Thomas X. Grasso – USA
David Edwards-May – France
(and membership secretary, corporate)