World Canals Conference in Milan

Member Navigli Lombardi is hosting the 27th World Canals Conference in Milan on September 1-4. Sign up for the Conference and the pre- and post-conference tours. Also read background news and features on our Blog.
The conference/tours page of Euromapping’s on-line shop may also now be used to register for the conference, by agreement with the host organisation, with a discounted fee for current IWI members.

Pre- and post-conference tour itinerary


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The 27th World Canals Conference is to be held in Italy for the first time, and will be based in one of the ‘birthplaces’ of European canals: Milan, from Monday 1st to Thursday 4th September 2014. The public agency for development of Milan’s canals, Navigli Lombardi, is putting together a conference that will be both informative and spectacular. Aware of the importance of the event, some of the regular institutional partners of Navigli Lombardi have agreed to provide specific services to contribute to its success. These include the Milan Chamber of Commerce, the Milan Public Transport authority ATM, the Fondazione Fiera, and the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. >> to the Conference web site.

Tribute to Glenn Millar


See on IWI’s blog a tribute to Glenn Millar, economic development manager at the Canal and River Trust, who sadly passed away on 29 September 2013, after a long illness. Glenn was IWI’s contact at corporate member British Waterways from the start in 1995, and was always positive and helpful. He will be sorely missed. Read our Tribute

AGM in Toulouse

IWI’s Annual General Meeting was held in Toulouse on September 15 at the World Canals Conference venue, the Espaces Vanel. This view shows council member and regular contributor to our publications David Wadham, our delegate for Serbia Krsta Paskovic, secretary Dave MacDougall, president Dave Ballinger, vice-president David Edwards-May and Russell Thompson of Scottish Canals, presenting the case for hosting the WCC in Inverness, Scotland.

AGM in Toulouse, 15/09/13; Council member and regular contributor to our magazine David Wadham, delegate for Serbia Krsta Paskovic, secretary Dave MacDougall, president Dave Ballinger, vice-president David Edwards-May and Russell Thompson of Scottish Canals, presenting the case for hosting the WCC in Inverness, Scotland

AGM in Toulouse

Yangzhou conference photo record

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.

WCC opening ceremony

Grand Canal Cities sign the charter for submission of the draft nomination document for UNESCO World Heritage listing, on 25 September 2012

WCC adopts Groningen Declaration

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

Foodie Afloat book


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 awarded BEM

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.

Three Mills Lock, river Lea

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.

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