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Heritage and Water: experts call for enhanced inter-sectoral cooperation at UNESCO International Water Conference

The panel on ‘Heritage and Water’ during the UNESCO International Water Conference (13-14 May at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris) highlighted the spiritual and cultural significance of water at many heritage sites, and called for enhancing cooperation between planners and practitioners to demonstrate the importance of water management systems to policymakers.

They also emphasized the need to ensure the transmission of heritage values by supporting community-based organizations in water management, and the importance of continuing dialogue among water planners and heritage professionals, as begun during the UNESCO conference. With its broad mandate on sciences, education and culture, UNESCO is excellently placed to facilitate an inter-sectoral dialogue in this spirit.

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