Living Waters Museum: A Digital Platform for Sustainable and Inclusive Futures


  • Sara Ahmed Living Waters Museum
  • Sukrit Sen Living Waters Museum




How can knowledge of traditional water practices in India help build more sustainable futures? Launched in 2017, the Living Waters Museum addresses the rich and diverse traditions of water heritage and practices in India. It is building a digital repository of visual knowledge that celebrates the past, inspires the present and is a source of learning to prepare for the future. Through the use of storytelling, digital media and the creative arts, the team behind the Living Waters Museum works in collaboration with young water professionals, conservation architects, urban planners and artists to raise awareness of our water challenges and the need to foster more inclusive and sustainable water futures. As a digital and virtual museum, the Living Waters Museum uses its digital platform to promote capacity building, outreach to youth, and equality in water access. It works toward sustainable development in a number of ways, particularly SDG 5 on gender equality (Living Waters Museum 2019) and SDG 6 on clean water. We are using our content to develop interdisciplinary, innovative and engaging water classrooms for children and youth (SDG 4 on quality education) and to build partnerships (SDG 17).

How to Cite

Ahmed, S., & Sen, S. (2022). Living Waters Museum: A Digital Platform for Sustainable and Inclusive Futures. Blue Papers, 1(2), 70–77.





methodologies and case studies


Ahmed, Sara. 2022. “Using Art and Song to Help Bring the World’s Largest Mangrove Swamp Back From the Brink.” The Conversation, 7 December 2022.

Global Network of Water Museums (GNWM). 2022. I Remember Water. Global Exhibition. Digital exhibition.

Living Waters Museum. 2020. “Paani ki Kahaani.” Video playlist.

Living Waters Museum. 2021. The Confluence Exhibition. Digital exhibition.

Living Waters Museum. 2022. Punyache Paani. Digital exhibition.

Living Waters Museum. 2019. Women, Water & Work. Digital exhibition. https://www.womenwaterwork. org/.

Social and Political Research Foundation (SPRF). 2020. The Water Seekers’ Fellowship 2020.

TESF India. n.d. “Development of Water Classrooms for Middle School Students.”

WWF India. n.d.