Water is one of the most critical and precious natural resources, but it is often taken for granted. Be it due to lack of awareness, or indifference or some other reason, people mostly do not realise that proper attention and management is required to ensure optimal availability of water. River, a big source of water is losing out, their significance made irrelevant by the argument of the need for development.

Despite being a predominantly riverine country, where the economy, society and culture of the people are shaped by around 700 rivers flowing through its lands, there has been a lack of adequate initiatives to protect these rivers in Bangladesh. On this backdrop, ActionAid Bangladesh in 2014 established the water museum to bring the issue to the table, building critical awareness and inspire conservation and policy revitalization efforts. To accelerate this on-going advocacy movement, ActionAid Bangladesh has been hosting yearly International Water Conferences since 2016.