24 August International network event on port cities and water challenges

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  • Date
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  • Location Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort

Smallepad 5
3811 MG Amersfoort

Casablanca, Alexandria, Istanbul and Amsterdam; four historic port cities facing global water challenges. Floods, droughts, sea level rise and changing rainfall patterns all affect the four cities; be it not in equal ways. Although the challenges are global, the conditions differ largely per city. Comparing these differences can be fruitful. Differences make us wonder about our own situation, differences provide a deeper understanding of the global challenge; they may stimulate new ideas and may help us deal with our own situation in new ways.

This comparison is addressed at the international network event at the RCE on Wednesday 24 August.

During this event you will meet foreign and Dutch professionals in workshop sessions. These will cover a diverse range of topics: the history of water systems, protection of heritage against water threats, adaptation of heritage to changing water conditions, integrated planning of water issues and heritage management. Meanwhile you will get to know your foreign counterparts, you can get acquainted with international organizations on the subject and you will have the opportunity to play the serious game Water&Heritage.

International knowledge exchange

The event is organized on the occasion of the summer course Urban Heritage Strategies, organized by the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) in close collaboration with the Section Heritage and Architecture (H&A) of Delft University of Technology and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. During this course, which takes place in August in Rotterdam, professionals from Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and the Netherlands discus the water challenges faced by the above mentioned historic port cities. At the event on 24 August, they will share their experiences on the subject with their Dutch colleagues. Vice versa the international guests are eager to learn about the Dutch situation.


Since this is an international network event, the language used is English.


Time Subject
13.00 Walk-in
13.30 Plenary opening and keynote speech by the Dutch Water Envoy, Henk Ovink
14.00 Round 1. five parallel workshop sessions
15.00 Round 2. five parallel workshop sessions
16.00 Round 3. five parallel workshop sessions
17.00 Drinks
18.00 End

Attendance is free of charge.

This network event and the training Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) are organized in the framework of the International Heritage Cooperation Programme of the RCE. 


More detailed information about the various workshops can be found on the workshop-page.