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 (National Park Service, Ohio, USA).
See details of the forthcoming events – WCC 2017 Syracuse, NY, USA, and WCC 2018, Athlone, Ireland – 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.
IWI’s campaigning work is conducted on behalf of its members, and particularly its corporate members.
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Recent Blog posts
More than 20 years after planning started, the enlarged Panama Canal has finally been opened to international shipping, two years behind schedule. A detailed feature published in the New York Times on June 22, 2016, suggests that the difficulties encountered in...read more
We are very sad to inform members that our recently retired treasurer, co-founder Mike Reid, died on Thursday 19th May at his home in West Sussex. Although he had been ill for several years, the news came as a shock for IWI Council and many of our earlier members who...read more
Canals have always been tools of geopolitics as well as the economy in the Middle East. They played a major role in the submerged cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canope in Egypt, more than 2500 years ago. In the European Waterways Map and Directory (5th edition), I...read more
We are unequivocally supporting the efforts by the association Unser Finowkanal to secure the future of this important heritage waterway, bypassed by the modern Havel-Oder Waterway. The Federal Government has declared its intention to close the canal for navigation,...read more
Waterway managers from throughout Europe travelled across the English Channel a few weeks ago for a special visit to see cutting edge technology in action on the UK’s canals. The guests joined the Canal & River Trust – the charity that takes care of 3200 km of...read more
Inland waterways are now frequently being discussed as an issue under the overall theme of water and water resources. This is confirmed at the upcoming 7th World Water Forum, to take place in Daegu, Korea, April 12-17, 2015. On April 16, 2015 a PIANC Side Event is...read more
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