EuropeAid Feature - Rediscovering together the water heritage in the Mediterranean region (REMEE): When memories of water become heritage
In the Mediterranean region, water heritage such as canals, wells, aqueducts, fountains or Turkish baths represent the way rural and urban populations coped with the scarcity of water and how they organised local structures around water management in the past. Today many key ancient key sites are under threat due to modernisation of agricultural practices, rural exodus and diminishing appeal of public facilities. It is essential to preserve the water heritage because it constitutes a living memory of Mediterranean society and its relationship with the environment. It illustrates good practices in water management and can still cater for basic needs of the population for public baths and wells.