Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation
At the 2017 World Canals Conference, we will explore, celebrate and analyze canals and inland waterways as agents of transformation. Once the mothers of cities and ports, transformers of landscapes and builders of nations, canals are now the focus of revitalizing communities, the makers of power and the suppliers of essential water.
We want to encourage conversations about the operation and maintenance of new and historic canals, canals within larger landscapes, environmental issues, economic and community revitalization, navigation, tourism, recreation, historic preservation and interpretation. More important, we want to foster the cross-fertilization—of disciplines, organizations and nations—that is one of the hallmarks of World Canals Conferences.