Promoting inland waterways


IWI leaflet

Cover of IWI promotional leaflet

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 22 countries from around the world.

World Canals Conference, Yangzhou, China, 26-28 Sept 2019

This year’s exciting World Canals Conference, associated with Yangzhou’s annual World Canal Cities Forum, and a Canal Carnival for all citizens, was held on September 26-28. As well as the carnival, it celebrated publication by Phoenix Scientific Press of the 9-volume, 14 million word Gazetteer of the Canals of China. See here the HD film launching the publication.

WCC 2019 Yangzhou logoThe event was formally opened on September 27 by Mr Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism of China, and Mr Wu Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government.

The 2018 World Canals Conference was held in Athlone, Ireland, on September 10-12, hosted by IWI members Waterways Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland.
Since 2008 IWI’s World Canals Conference Site Selection Steering Committee has been choosing the site to host the annual World Canals Conference, from the applications submitted.

See details of the future World Canals Conferences WCC 2020 Leipzig, Germany, and WCC 2021 Hagerstown, Maryland, on our WCC page.

IWI at Boot Düsseldorf

The Inland Waterways Pavilion assembled by IWI for members at Boot Düsseldorf attracted great interest. See a film made by the Serbian Nautical TV channel Nautika TV. The focus is on Danube Propeller stand, but the video gives an excellent overview of the whole pavilion. Danube Propeller & IWI 2019 at boot Düsseldorf – NAUTIKA TV Show Presentation

Nautika interviews IWI president David Edwards-May

IWI’s president David Edwards-May interviewed by Nautika TV at Boot Düsseldorf 2019

Navigating a Changing Climate

logo-pianc-changing-climateIWI is a member go the ‘Think Climate’ coalition under the auspices of PIANC (the The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure), working on a far-reaching initiative Navigating a Changing Climate. The coalition members believe that it is essential to adapt inland and maritime navigation infrastructure; uncertainty can no longer be used as an excuse for inaction. The evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is happening. Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now. See the coalition web site here. A global declaration on climate change adaptation for transport was presented at COP22 in Marakech, Morocco, on November 17th, 2016. The coalition also includes the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA), the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA), the International Bulk Terminals Association (IBTA), the European Dredging Association (EuDA), the Smart Freight Centre (SFC), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

Join IWI

Members receive regular news of campaigns and developments in all areas through the magazine World Wide Waterways and newsletter IWI News.
Information is also regularly posted on our blog and Facebook page Inland Waterways International – IWI

IWI officers

David Edwards-May – France
Past President
Liaison World Canals Conference Steering
Committee and World Canal Cities Organisation

David Ballinger – Canada
Paul Ayres – UK
Rudy Van der Ween – Belgium
Di Harris – UK
Finance Officer
Norman Smith – France
Special advisors
Dr Roger Squires – UK
Peter Linssen – Netherlands

IWI CouncilIWI Council Members at the gala dinner of the World Canals Conference in Athlone, Ireland, from left to right: Barbara Sheridan (US), Paul Ayres (UK), Norman Smith (UK), Dave MacDougall (Canada), Mike Miller (Ireland), Peter Linssen (Netherlands), Sharon Leighton (US), David Edwards-May (France), Colin Becker (Ireland), Dave Ballinger (Canada), Linda Barth (US), Rudy Van der Ween (Belgium), Roger Squires, Di Harris and David Wadham (UK). The other Council members are Edo Bricchetti (Italy), Krsta Paskovic (Serbia), Mike Clarke (UK), Benny Ruus (Sweden) and Bill Miles (US).
Photo by Bob Naylor, Watermarx

Håverud Aqueduct

Håverud Aqueduct on the Dalsland Canal in Sweden, which celebrated its 150th anniversary on 31st August 2018