Following the successful World Canals Conference in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China, on September 25-27, the organisers plan to publish a collection of photos to show Yangzhou in the eyes of foreign delegates and friends. It is hoped this will bring a new perspective on the historic Grand Canal through the city, the new canal and all their connections, as well as the related sites, heritage and cultural activities experienced during the three-day event. All participants are therefore cordially invited to send photos of the city and the Grand Canal taken during their stay in Yangzhou. Contact the compiler via the conference web site
A highlight of the event was the electronic signing of the Grand Canal Cities’ Agreement on the Joint Protection of the Heritage of Grand Canal.
Grand Canal Cities sign the charter for submission of the draft nomination document for UNESCO World Heritage listing, on 25 September 2012
More than 200 waterway experts, managers and advocates attended the World Canals Conference at Groningen (Netherlands).
The full programme of conference sessions with speakers from many countries throughout the world, and the daily site visits, will be reviewed here and in our next newsletter. The first site visit on Monday September 19 took delegates to the completed section of the Erica-Ter Apel link between Groningen and Drenthe provinces, and the sites of the two locks on the summit level section to be completed by 2013. This view shows works on the deep lock with water-saving basin at the Emmen end of the summit level. Click here to read the Groningen Declaration in favour of inland waterways as living heritage.
The recently restored Kieldiep, part of the small canal route from Groningen to the Ems in Germany, on one of the many site visits made during the WCC in Groningen
Corporate member the Foreign Affairs Bureau of Yangzhou invites international and national delegates to the first edition of the annual World Canals Conference to be held in Asia, on September 25-27.
See on our WCC page a brief introduction to some highlights during the 3-day event. IWI’s AGM will be held on Tuesday morning September 25th at 9:00.
Congratulations to IWI Council member Di Murrell on winning the prestigious Sophie Coe Memorial Prize for Food History, at the Oxford Symposium for Food and Cookery, on July 7. Her essay entitled ‘Food on the Move’ describes some of the ways in which the working boatmen who used to carry freight on the waterways of England fed themselves and their families. See the essay on her website.
Roger Squires, a founder member of IWI, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, to recognise his life-time commitment to promoting the UK’s historic canals and rivers, particularly the waterways of the London area.
In the heart of the London Olympics site, Three Mills Lock. Roger Squires has been monitoring the use of the Lea Navigation for waterborne freight since the start of construction work.
We are reproducing here the text of the letter from presidential candidate François Hollande to Jacques Romain, President, Entente des Canaux du Centre France (see article posted on our blog). The same letter was sent to Michel Dourlent, president of the Chambre Nationale de la Batellerie Artisanale.
Despite the weather, the Thames Pageant on June 3rd with 1000 boats, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, was a huge success.
For the inland waterways movement, this brought unprecedented recognition, narrow boats and barges making up the seventh of the 10 sections of the regatta.
The narrow boats and barges approach Rotherhithe (photo by Roger Squires)
A protest rally of boats was organised at Tupigny and Originy-Saint-Benoite, on the Canal de la Sambre à l’Oise, on April 22-24, to stimulate interest in reopening of this valuable link in the European waterway network. The canal has been closed since 2006 when the 50m long Vadencourt aqueduct presented a risk of failure (photo by Michael Clarke). Repairs were to be carried out in 2012, but one of the local authorities committed to the project has recently withdrawn its funding.
IWI member Danube Propeller took part in the ‘Danube Day’ celebrations in Bezdan (Vojvodina, Serbia) on June 29, 2011
The event brought together seven local associations, all with a keen interest in restoration of the entrance lock to the Danube-Tisa-Danube canal system. Hence the question mark held by one of the Danube Propeller crew on this boat on the Danube side of the lock. The waterway manager Vode Vojvodine has produced plans for sensitive restoration of this lock, valuable heritage, but the final cost is expected to reach 2 million euros, which cannot be funded within the organisation’s current investment budget. A similar event was organised in May 2012.