Integrated Lake Basin Management
Training Materials
International Lake Environment Committee

Module 3

Human Use of Lakes

Throughout history, lakes have attracted people and have become the home of civilizations and cultures. Ironically, the people who are drawn to lakes often compromise the very values they are seeking, either through direct overuse (for example, overfishing) or through indirect pollution (such as sewage effluents from a city adding nutrients to a lake). This section tells the story of values, impairments, causes and responses and sets the stage for the ILBM concept.

  • Human Use of Lakes

  • Additional Materials
    • Fundamentals of the Economic Approach
      Kondo, Manabe

    • Ecosystem Services and Values for Stakeholders
      Niren, Takaaki

    • Economic Valuation in the Lake Basin Management Decision Making Process
      Verma, Madhu

    • Global Review of Lake and Reservoir Eutrophication and Associated Management Challenges
      Mendiondo, Eduardo Mario

  • Homework
    • What are the uses of your lake and basin?
    • Which uses are being impaired?
    • What are the root causes of these impairments?
    • What has been the management response?