The culture of water: valuing water symbolized by a fountain in Morocco in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
Capacity Development and Cultural Heritage: Toward a New “Culture of Water”


  • Eddy Moors IHE Delft Institute for Water Education




In 2020 UN Water, the entity coordinating the United Nations’ work on water and sanitation, identified capacity development as one of the five accelerators required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6). In today’s practical application, capacity development is mostly financed to deliver a product specified in advance, not to arrange a longer time frame and process to structurally learn from various activities and discover sustainable development paths (Alaerts and Zevenbergen 2022). The inclusion of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage in our joint-learning efforts will help us enlarge capacity for a more sustainable culture of water.

How to Cite

Moors, E. (2023). Capacity Development and Cultural Heritage: Toward a New “Culture of Water”. Blue Papers, 2(1), 34–41.





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Author Biography

Eddy Moors, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Prof Dr Eddy J. Moors is rector of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. He also holds the position of professor of “Water and Climate” at VU University, Amsterdam. He began his career working in Africa and the Caribbean with the World Meteorological Organization. Before coming to Delft, he worked at Wageningen University and Research. Eddy is president of the Global Network of Water Museums, a member of the board of trustees of the Just Digit Foundation and chair of the SENSE research school. He is associate editor of Environmental Science and Policy as well as a member of the editorial board of Climate Services.


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