ILEC's activities consist of the following three major areas
for the sustainable world lake basin management.
Training on Lake Basin Management
- World Lake Conference
- Guanajuato, Mexico
Online Live and On-demand
- 9-11 November, 2021
- University of Guanajuato, International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
- Official Site
- Governance, Resilience and Sustainability of Lakes for a Better Society
The deadline for abstract submission has been re-extended again to September 17th, 2021. The presenters need to submit the presentation materials by October 18.
For more information on the presentations, please refer to the following link: www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx/en/index.php/template
We are pleased to announce that the registration fee of WLC18 has become free of charge! This offer covers all participants regardless of the participation type.
We are looking forward to many people taking this opportunity to join this event. (It is not necessary to register again via the new registration form on the website once you have done the registration before via the former form.)
The deadline for abstract submission has been re-extended to September
6th→ 17th , 2021. We are looking forward to receiving further submissions!
The 18th World Lake Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to
August 2nd→ September 17, 2021. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
The Organizing Committee of the 18th World Lake Conference has decided to hold the conference virtually on November 9, 10 and 11, 2021, in order to prioritize the health of the participants in the face of uncertainty regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this event you will be able to share in the opinions of the world community concerned about the conservation of lakes, their basins and their ecosystem services, and to contribute to and promote best practices and the integrated management of lakes in order to address the challenges we face in the immediate future.
WLC18 will be a virtual conference where you will be able to submit and present the results of your work in technical sessions, present posters, participate in keynote lectures and interact with colleagues from around the world.
The technical sessions are planned as pre-recorded talks with live Q&A sessions via Chat. The poster sessions also will allow for short introductory videos as well as Q&A.
The registration fees have been reduced and adapted to being accessible to all the interested public and to ensure they are not an impediment to participation.
Registration for attendance will be open by May 3 until November 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM (GMT-6).
● Abstract Submission Opens: April 12, 2021
● Abstracts and posters registration deadline:
August 2, 2021 at 24:00h (GMT-5) ➡ Extended to September 17
● Abstract Acceptance Notifications: All acceptance notifications will be sent by
August 9, 2021. ➡ Extended to September 24
Full papers must be submitted between August 1 and September 30 at 24:00h (GMT-5)
We appreciate your interest and participation in this important event, and are sorry that the ongoing pandemic has required this change to the conference structure and interactions to ensure the safety of conference participants.
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the desire of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18) Organizing Committee to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees, the Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Guanajuato, Mexico during 9-14 November, 2020 to a new date in November, 2021.
As a means of providing our WLC18 audience with an alternative event between the original and re-scheduled WLC18 dates, the Organizing Committee is hosting a pre-conference virtual event to be held during 9 November, 2020, with a focus on natural and manmade lake sustainability challenges and solutions. It will consist of two separate complementary sessions, each being two-and-a-half hours in duration. To accommodate participants in different time zones, one session will take place in the morning between 10:00 – 12:30 hrs and the second in the evening between 19:00 – 21:30 hrs (Mexico Central Time).
Each session will comprise a keynote address, followed by a moderator-led panel discussion on the keynote and related topics. Virtual event participants also can submit relevant questions to the panelists and keynote speakers.
The keynote speaker of the morning session is Professor Sandra Azevedo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who is also ILEC Scientific Committee Member. And Professor Shinjiro Sato, Soka University, Japan is the keynote speaker of the evening session. The panelists include individuals from a range of government agencies, academia, international organizations and NGOs. Prof. Walter Rast, Mr. Alejandro Juarez and Prof. Masahisa Nakamura from ILEC, will also participate as the panelists.
All interested in lake science and management challenges are invited to participate in either or both sessions if they wish.
Details and updates on both WLC18 and the virtual event program, keynote speakers and panelists, are available on the following WLC18 websites.
- WLC18 Official HP: http://www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx/en/index.php
- Event Program: http://www.worldlakeconference.ugto.mx/en/index.php/virtual/pre-conference-virtual-event-program
Morning Session（Japan Time） November 10（Tue）AM 1：00 - 3：30
(Mexico Central Time） November 9 （Mon）AM 10：00 -12：30
Evening Session （Japan Time） November 10（Tue）AM 10：00 -12：30
（Mexico Central Time） November 9（Mon）PM 7：00 – 9：30
An International Webinar by UNEP and ILEC entitled, “Mainstreaming Lakes in the Global Water Agenda” will be organized on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Japan Time (UTC +9).
ILEC, with the support of UNEP, has prepared a draft Statement entitled, “The Need to Mainstream Lakes and Other Lentic Waters within the Global Water Agenda”. As a follow up, this forthcoming International Webinar addresses this subject, with participation by selected countries in Asia and Africa, providing an overview of their lake basin management national policies and programs as well as the experience and lessons learned so far in their implementation. The presentations will also include their adoption of the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) framework within their national water resources and river basin management plans as represented by such frameworks as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM).
Some of the ILEC Scientific Committee members will take part in this webinar as speakers. We will be waiting for your participation.
Date and Time: October 27, 2020 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Japan Time (UTC +9)
Resister Now for Free: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WGgJrbDlRKWnseMbdToiww
Contact：webinar(at)ilec.or.jp *Please replace “(at)” with “@”.
After careful consideration and prioritizing the health and safety of attendees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 18th World Lake Conference Organizing Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference originally scheduled to be held in the City of Guanajuato, Mexico, during November 9th to 14th, 2020. The anticipated new conference date will be November, 2021, with the specific date to be confirmed. Further, a virtual conference event is being anticipated for November 9th, 2020 (Central Mexico time), with details to be provided at a later date.
The Organizing Committee also wishes to let current conference participants know the abstracts already sent will be honored. Further, in view of the conference postponement, the Organizing Committee will continue to accept abstracts and requests for Special Sessions and workshops through May 31, 2021.
We appreciate your kind understanding and support as we navigate the current difficult situation confronting us on a global scale. In the meantime, the threats facing lakes, reservoirs and wetlands continue to increase round the world, seriously affecting their sustainable use, as well as their wide range of ecosystem services crucial for human health and economic livelihoods. In fact, this postponement can be viewed as an indispensable opportunity for us to pursue the emergent scientific and management challenges awaiting us in this new era.
Accordingly, please continue to monitor the WLC18 official website
or ILEC website
for updates and upcoming dates.
In association with the 17th World Lake Conference held in Ibaraki, Japan, ILEC convened an International Colloquium on October 14, 2018 to discuss the role and importance of lakes and reservoirs in the international water arena. The Colloquium comprised participants from governments, UN agencies and international organizations from around the world.＜Related Article＞
The following Statement is the draft output arising from discussions at the Colloquium as appropriately revised to increase appreciation and understanding of the important role of these waterbodies in the global water agenda, based on input from the ILEC Scientific Committee and the related participating organizations. PDF
Upon reviewing the draft Statement, readers are cordially invited to provide active comments and feedback on the contents and its intended goals, which will increase its value to those responsible for assessing and managing these important waterbodies for their sustainable use. Please send your comments directly to ILEC (email@example.com)
*ILEC-UNEP Webinar *Letter from Scientific Committee (Masatsugu Takamatsu / Japan) *Strategies in the Philippines *Network in Latin America *Report from a former JICA Training Participants (Ethiopia)
*WLC18 *LAKES OF MEXICO(Alejandro Juarez Aguilar / Mexico) *Letter from Scientific Committee (Tiina Nõges / Estonia) *JICA-ILEC Follow-up Program (East Africa & India), etc.
*The WLC17 in Ibaraki *Letter from SciCom member (Pieter van der Zaag / The Netherlands) *International Colloquium, etc.
*Message from the New/Former President *ILEC 30th Anniversary Event *Letter from SciCom member (Collin M. Finlayson, Australia) *ILBM Workshop in Brazil, etc.
*WLC16 (Bali, Indonesia) *Declaration by Biwa Kids Ambassador in WLC16 *Letter from SciCom member (Prof.Shimizu, Japan), etc.
*ILEC’s 30th Anniversary: Our roots and WLCs *Obituary: Dr. Mostafa K. Tolba and Dr. Sven E. Jorgensen, etc.
*ILBM-ESSVA Workshop in Kisumu *Message from the New/Fomer Chair of Scientific Committee
*Fifteen Priority Lakes in Indonesia *Letter from Scicom member (China), etc.
*WLC15 Highlights *East Africa and Post-AFSAN ILBM *Letter from SciCom (Brazil), etc.
*Letter from SciCom member (Italy) *Lake Haleji (Pakistan), etc.
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