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World Lake Vision Action Report Project

-A Support to implementation of the Sustainable Lake Basin Management-

Last Update: May 02, 2007


January 2006 – March 2007


World Lake Vision Action Report (WLV Action Report)

Project overview

The millions of natural and manmade lakes are a primary source and storehouse of much of humanity’s readily-accessible freshwater, collectively containing more than 90% of the liquid freshwater on our planet’s surface at any given instant. Their relative ease of accessibility ensures their use for a wider range of human purposes than virtually any other freshwater source, including drinking water, agricultural irrigation, fisheries, recreation, hydropower generation, tourism, transportation and aesthetic quality. Compared to rivers, wetlands and other freshwater resources, however, they also exhibit unique characteristics that make it difficult to manage them in a way that ensures their sustainable use. Their storage capacity ensures they contain large volumes of water for extended periods, serving as a sink for the natural minerals and sediments draining into them, as well as the pollutants generated as a result of human activities on their surrounding drainage basins.

The need to manage freshwater resources in an integrated manner in order to facilitate their sustainable use has been addressed to varying degrees in previous international dialogues, examples including the Dublin Principles, Agenda 21 and the World Water Vision. None of these past efforts, however, adequately addressed the unique features of lakes that must be considered in managing them for sustainable use. This is particularly important because their wide range of human uses ensures they also represent more potential water use conflicts than other freshwater sources. This management void was recognized with the development of the World Lake Vision, unveiled at the 3rd World Water Forum. The World Lake Vision examined the unique properties of lakes within the context of their management needs, highlighted the water quantity and quality threats to them, as well as the underlying socioeconomic root causes, and prescribed a number of general approaches for addressing these threats. It also promulgated seven guiding Principles for lake management, which provided general guidance for lake managers and stakeholders. The World Lake Vision was followed by the Lake Basin Management Initiative, unveiled at the 11th World Lake Conference. This latter initiative examined and highlighted “lessons learned” from 28 lakes and reservoirs around the world that had experienced management interventions of varying kinds.

What is still lacking, however, is the integration of the principles and lessons from these above efforts into a practical action program that can be tailored to specific lake management needs, whatever the nature of the threats facing them. It is the purpose of this World Lake Vision Action Project, therefore, to fill this critical void, thereby ensuring these important water sources can be used both to meet present human needs, while also being available for future generations as well.

Implementing scheme

1) World Lake Vision Action Report Committee

Established at WWF4 (Mexico City, Mexico)

Chairman: Walter Rast

World Lake Vision Action Report Committee Membership
Name Affiliation
Walter Rast (Chairman) Professor, Texas State University (USA)
Vicente Santiago Water Office, UNEP-IETC
Richard Robarts Director, GEMS/Water, NHRC (Canada)
Libor Jansky Environment and Sustainable Development Programme (ESD), United Nations University (UNU) Comenius University, Slovakia
Marion Hammerl Global Nature Fund /Living Lakes
Aitken Clark Global Nature Fund /Living Lakes
James W. Thorsell IUCN (Mexico)
Aurora Michel Foreign Business Director Actinver-LLoyd
Alejandro Juarez Aguilar Corazon de la Tierra, A.C. (Mexico)
Dale Palfrey Freelance writer
Juan Skinner Lake Atitlan Environmental Protection Society (Guatemala)
Jeff Thornton Principal Planner, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Buzz Hoer Lake Champlain Basin Program (USA)
David Kuria ITDG-Practical Action (Kenya)
Chris H.D. Magadza University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Eric Odada University of Naiobi (Kenya)
Adelina Santos-Borja Division Chief, Lake Laguna Development Authority (Philippines)
Dongil Seo Chungnam National University (Korea)
Gusti Z Anshari Lecturere, Tanjungpura University, Indonesia & Chairman of Yayasan Konservasi Borneo (YKB)
Kodarkar Mohan Indian Association of Aquatic Bilogists (India)
Sven Jorgensen DFH (Denmark)
Nick Aladin Russian Academy of Science (Russia)
Motokazu Ando Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan)
Shinji Ide Professor, The University of Shiga Prefecture (Japan)
Yousuke Yamashiki Nihon University (Japan)
Yukiko Ikeda Shiga Prefectural Government (Japan)
Saburo Matsui Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University (Japan)
Masahisa Nakamura Professor, Shiga University (Japan)


2) Secretariat office and contact 1091 Oroshimo-cho, Kusatsu city, Shiga

Work (Roadmap)
Time Main event Details
2005 October Announcement of Project At 11th World Lake Conference in Nairobi (WLV Special Session)
2006 March WLV Action Report Committee Established At 4th World Water Forum (Mexico City)
April-July Call for Case Study Reports/  
July-November Review of Case Study Reports By WLV Action Report Committee members
November-December WLV-Action Report Working Group Meeting * Discussion on the contents of the Report (Lessons Learned, Way Forward)
2007 January-March Editing of the Report
March Printing

1) WLV Action Report will be distributed at the 12th World Lake Conference in India in October 2007.

World Vision Action Report

A showcase of best lake management practices to promote further implementation of World lake Vision.

Language English
Publisher World Lake Vision Action Report Committee
Copyright International Lake Environment Committee
Style/Format A4, 393 pages (Color for cover only)
Font: Times New Roman


2.Lake Basin Case Studies (Synopsis)

3.Application of World Lake Vision Principles

4.Lessons Learned

5.Way Forward

6.Compendium of Case Studies


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