Organizers

 
World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization
Founded in 2009, we are a non-profit, non-governmental international organization formed by a number of canal cities and economic or cultural institutions worldwide. Our full official name is World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (abbreviated as WCCO). The Organization has its domicile and Secretariat in Yangzhou, a city on the China Grand Canal in east China’s Jiangsu Province.  Our work is oriented around canals. We work to promote the economic and cultural exchanges between canals cities, share their development experience, push for mutually beneficial cooperation, and facilitate the common development and prosperity.

Since its founding, we have been dedicated to exploring the conservation and utilization of canals as well as canal-related heritages, seeking the paths of canal-based city development, and pushing for enhanced friendship, cooperation and common advancement between the world’s canal cities. We have grown into an influential NGO on inter-city exchanges and cooperation featuring standardized, international operation.

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The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) is an energetic, fun, diverse voluntary body representing over 3500 enthusiasts, with 23 branches across the island of Ireland, all sharing a keen and passionate enthusiasm for the waterways of Ireland. Formed in 1954, the IWAI advocates the navigation, use, maintenance, protection, restoration and improvement of the inland waterways of Ireland.

In partnership with other voluntary organisations, the IWAI has consistently lobbied Local & Central Government and Statutory Agencies for improvements and developments to the waterways network.

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