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The International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) is a public interest incorporated foundation/NGO based in Japan. Its history of foundation dates back to 1986, following the Shiga Conference on Conservation and Management of World Lake Environment of 1984, which was held in Otsu, Japan. The Shiga Conference was the event at which then Executive Director M. K. Tolba of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) proposed the establishment of an international committee to realize the trans-generational succession of the Conference and to help the world develop a rational management plans for lakes and their catchment basins. Ever since then, ILEC has been promoting rational and sound management of world lakes (natural and anthropogenic) and their catchment areas consistent with sustainable development policies. It has an advisory body known as the Scientific Committee, composed of internationally renowned scientists and experts on lake and reservoir management and conservation.