In English

Europe's network of navigable inland waterways – canals, rivers and lakes - extends right across the continent. From early times, waterways were made navigable to facilitate the movement of both people and goods.

The main objective of Waterways Forward is to improve the management of regional inland waterways and the regions adjacent to them by promoting an integrated, sustainable and participatory approach, taking account of the multi-functional role of waterways. Waterways Forward will do this through addressing two broad themes:

  • Governance
  • Environment & Climate Change.

Waterways Forward is a project developed under the European Union's INTERREG IVC programme. It brings together 17 partner organisations from 11 EU countries plus Norway and Serbia. The Lead Partner is Stichting Recreatietoervaart Nederland (Dutch Recreational Waterways Foundation). The €2.8m project runs for 3 years from 2010 to 2012. It is a successor to the INTERREG IIIC project Voies Navigables d'Europe (VNE), which looked at ways to maximise the tourism and cultural heritage aspects of waterways, see