Integrated Lake Basin Management
Training Materials
International Lake Environment Committee

Module 8

Informing the Process

Information is necessary for good decision making, but is costly and never perfect. This is the dilemma facing all decision makers-how to balance the need for further study with the need for action. In the absence of any good information, a decision maker could simply flip a coin and hope for the best: this is obviously not desirable. Nor is it desirable for the decision-making process to be paralyzed because 100% certainty has not been obtained about the current state of a lake basin or about the effects a range of policies may have on it. This module draws lessons from the 28 LBMI cases on the search for an appropriate balance. It also incorporates newly commissioned work on some of the cutting-edge fields of lake basin management such as remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).

  • Informing the Process

  • Additional Materials
    • Applications of Remote Sensing for Lake Basin Management
      Bradt, Shane

    • An Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in the Management of Lake Kyoga, Uganda
      Gyllenhammar, Andreas

    • Informational Requirements for a Lake Basin Management Program
      Rast, Walter

    • Acquisition and Management of Lake-related Water Quality Information at the Global Level
      Robarts, Richard

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

  • Homework
    • Based on your answers to the homework in Module 2, what are the key information gaps regarding your lake and its basin?