On June 4th and 5th, LUDWIG and StrandLAB Almere presented WaterWalks IJmeer: a two-day explorational walk along the IJmeer. This entire weekend we invited everyone to share their own personal connection to the IJmeer with the WaterWalks app: from unique birds and plants to found objects and personal stories.

By walking along the IJmeer with this app, people became part of the larger WaterWalks project, initiated by LUDWIG as a global water monitoring project to raise awareness about the rapidly changing water environment. Through the app you could share stories, record sounds and conversations, take photos, make videos, share interesting links and even water-quality measurements. You could also discover what other people contributed and explore new routes. This is how we create a living open database of the state and future of our waterways together.

For this special weekend we invited several ambassadors to walk along the IJmeer with the WaterWalks app. They shared their reflections and impressions through the app, from their own background and expertise, focussing on water issues, ecology, the development of the IJmeer and the surrounding landscape. Ambassadors include artists, scientists and journalists, like stand-up comedian Mo Hersi, Government Architect Floris Alkemade, TV-presenter Floortje Dessing, landscape architect Thijs de Zeeuw, photographer Kadir van Lohuizen, ecologist and philosopher Li-An Phoa, composer/change-maker Merlijn Twaalfhoven and maritime archaeologist Yftinus from Popta. Their walk could be experienced LIVE via the livestream on this website.

WaterWalks IJmeer 2021 is made possible with the support of Cultuurfonds Almere, Stichting Waternet, Avanti Almere and i.c.w. Stad en Natuur Almere, Almere meet Water, Drinkable Rivers, Marineterrein Amsterdam and de nieuwe bibliotheek.