Education for sustainable development (ESD) for 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 6 ‘Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for all’, is a crucial prerequisite for more forward-looking water management and a challenging field for creative innovation of water museums. The digitalisation of aquatic, natural and cultural heritage is a key process that should be promoted when thinking about a sustainable future in Europe.

The CreDiT (CREative DIgital waTers) project, co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme, responds to the need to digitise natural and cultural water heritage as a key process for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe. The project includes training courses and digitization campaigns for the participating museums, for a duration of 2 years (2023-2024).

The CreDiT project responds to the education goals for sustainable uses of water set by the 2030 Agenda, the European Green Deal, Phase 9 of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) and IHP Resolution No. 5-XXIII, a key declaration approved by UN Member States for the transnational promotion of water education and the creation of a Global Network of Water Museums.

Doc Servizi is the lead partner of the project, it takes care of its management, and through experienced professionals of the Doc Network, of the digital acquisition of images and videos.

The company VirtualGeo is involved in the archiving of digital content and the creation of the platform based on the UACE (https://www.uace.eu) model, an editorial product of relevant quality for the promotion and dissemination of cultural heritage.

The Global Network of Water Museums, created by UNESCO in 2017 to enhance the history of water and preserve it, is responsible for disseminating the project and networking with hundreds of other water museums internationally.

Three museums that are part of the Water Museums Network are therefore involved, which are directly involved in the content selection, digitization and post-production phases for the creation of the platform. These museums are:

Opificio delle Acque di Bologna

AQUATIKA Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, in Croazia



The objectives of the Project are

  • Promote innovative educational activities of museums to address climate change and global environmental challenges.
  • Improve accessibility and understanding of aquatic heritage inside and outside museums.
  • Contribute to the prevention of further loss of aquatic, natural and cultural heritage in the long term.


The planned training courses, workshops and digitization campaigns directly involve museum staff, local artists and educational institutions to co-design and co-produce the new digital tools with creative solutions.

Thanks to these new tools, including digital tours and audio guides, 3D models, educational supports for children and innovative digital tools for social media, the project will increase the number of visitors to water museums (both online and physically).

The indirect beneficiaries will be thousands of visitors, students and local schools who visit the water museums every year.

The Results

  • An analysis of the digital skills and training gaps of water museums.
  • A set of digital tools co-designed for each participating museum.
  • A web platform to facilitate interaction between museums and the sharing of project results.

The principles on which the CreDiT project is based are

  • Easy-to-use digital tools
  • Digitalization for protection
  • Edutainment for the public
  • Connecting people and places