Inland Waterways International

IWI, 20 years of campaigning for inland waterways

The association

IWI brings together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. See the full mission statement on the ‘Objectives’ page

WCC Committee

IWI’s WCC Committee selects the sites to host the annual World Canals Conference. Since 2008 IWI has hosted the WCC Steering Committee. It was felt by past conference organisers that the WCC mission statement and the statutory objectives of IWI were so close that IWI could be considered a natural home for what was previously an informal group of organisers of past conferences. The committee is chaired by Rory Robinson.
See details of the forthcoming events (WCC 2014 Milan, Italy and WCC 2015, Ghent, Belgium) on our WCC page.

Canal Marketing

IWI supports the International Canal Marketing Team initiative set up at the Rochester 2010 WCC. The group, which includes IWI corporate members, is exploring the possible approaches to marketing and promotional programs in relation to canals and waterways. The group is chaired by Markly Wilson of New York Department of Economic Development (I love NY program). Contact the group through the Rivers Organization.

Objectives

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.

Join IWI

Members receive regular news of campaigns and developments in all areas through the magazine World Wide Waterways and newsletter IWI News.

IWI officers

President
David Ballinger – Canada

Secretary
David MacDougall – Canada

Treasurer
Michael Reid – UK

Deputy treasurer
Norman Smith – France

Membership Secretary
Paul Ayres – UK

Membership Secretary, Corporate
David Edwards-May – France

Vice-presidents
Thomas X. Grasso – USA
David Edwards-May – France

Håverud Aqueduct

Håverud Aqueduct on the Dalsland Canal in Sweden