Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group Issue Mission Statement

Photo: Pomona, Salford Docklands, a site that illustrates the heritage and environmental importance of the Manchester Ship Canal (photo: James Walsh @MancunianBirder)

“The Manchester Ship Canal flows from Salford Docks to Eastham Locks, many people know that the Ship Canal is steeped in industrial history and people are starting to discover how much wildlife there is – we have internationally important nature areas such as Frodsham, Woolston, Moore, Salford Mosses and Salford Docklands, and it is time that the Manchester Ship Canal received international recognition, protections and conservation to promote a clean and healthy environment, increase biodiversity and promote the area as an international Heritage and EcoTourism destination”

“Programmes such as the recent Canals: The Making Of A Nation are hugely popular and interest in the navvies and dockers who created the canals, industry and wealth is at a peak, it is time to show proper respect and show the world the rich heritage of the Manchester Ship Canal”

“Otters, Salmon, Cornflower, Black-necked Grebes, Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwings, Water Voles, Peregrines, Bee Orchids, and Kingfishers are amongst the unique flora and fauna of the Manchester Ship Canal area, a huge wildlife corridor, and with Manchester now the European City of Science we have a unique opportunity to conserve, enhance and promote our wonderful biodiversity”

About The Group – Who We Are

Citizens of the general Salford, Manchester & Trafford community, dockers families with local knowledge, heritage enthusiasts, national, and international supporters, birdwatchers, environmentalists, film makers, producers, wildlife presenters, musicians & journalists

The Vision

The Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group believes that the Manchester Ship Canal & many areas of Salford, especially the Mosses & the Docklands, are sufficiently rich in world class heritage and ecology that they merit UNESCO World Heritage status

Fundamental Aim

Our raison d’etre is to facilitate / actively campaign for, and promote, the World Heritage status of the Manchester Ship Canal & Salford, especially the Mosses & the Docklands, through promotion of the heritage, in particular the nature/environment

Awareness of UNESCO and World Heritage is peaking in the UK with news of a Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Bid, and the increased interest should see other UK sites being put forward

Liverpool has had World Heritage Status since 2004 and the heritage of the Manchester Ship Canal could be described as being of equal importance

World Heritage Status can bring with it community pride, jobs and sustainable growth

Links

http://www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do/world-heritage-site-p105381

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1150

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11637875/Lake-District-Unesco-World-Heritage-bid-agreed.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11633436/UK-heritage-sites-scandalously-ignored-by-UNESCO.html

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