Water Heritage - Questionnaire on development of ISC, Mission Statement and Statement of Significance for water as cultural heritage
The proposal for an International Scientific Committee (ISC) on Water and Heritage was presented at the 2017 General Assembly in Delhi where the Board of ICOMOS approved the formation of a probationary task force to investigate the formation of an ISC, in accordance with the Eger Xi’an Principles for the International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS.
The ISC will address the significance of water-related heritage and its relevance and possible contribution to addressing current and future water management challenges.
Water is universally significant, and therefore of concern to all ICOMOS ISCs, and the new ISC will collaborate with other ISCs to achieve optimum outcomes. But a major function of the new Water Heritage ISC will also be to provide a clear focal point for a broad range of external partner bodies that seek guidance in relation to cultural heritage of and around water. It is in this collaboration with other ICOMOS and external bodies that the new ISC looks to develop new grounds for scientific endeavor, especially in relation to the achievement of the SDGs and adaption to climate change.
To help develop the scope and work program for the new ISC, the task force is seeking the inputs of all ICOMOS committees through a questionnaire.
We are also inviting comments on the draft Mission Statement for the ISC and draft Statement of Significance for Water as Cultural Heritage (see links to download the documents below). You can include these comments in the last item of the questionnaire (item 20).
These documents are intended as aids to defining the remit of the ISC and enabling partner bodies to recognise when their activities concern matters in relation to which they may wish to engage with the ISC.
Once we have received input from the other committees of ICOMOS, we will develop a work program which reflects these responses and the ICOMOS Scientific Plan.
We look forward to receiving the inputs of our ICOMOS colleagues.
Chair, International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage Task Force
President, Australia ICOMOS
Photo: The Darva dam (Sadd-e Darva) was built in a valley north of Bid Shahr (Iran) to reserve the water and prevent it from being wasted. Credits: ICOMOS / Jamal