Since its establishment, the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) has had a very close relationship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). We conduct various activities related to the promotion of research and exchange of international knowledge on the sound management of the lake environment and development in harmony with it, both inside and outside of the country, including surveys on the current status of lakes around the world, research seminars on lake environment management, overseas technical assistance projects, and support and cooperation for the World Lake Conference. In collaboration with UNEP and other international agencies, we have been working on projects such as Transboundary Water Assessment Program (TWAP), Integrated Lake Basin Management in Africa (AFSAN), and Lake Basin Management Initiative (LBMI).
MOU with UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
ILEC concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on April 13, 2011. The two parties agreed to cooperate with promoting the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) based on this MOU. The signing ceremony took place at Shiga Prefecture Guest House, Japan. The MOU was signed by Mr. Hironori Hamanaka, Director General of ILEC and Mr. Peter Guilruth, Director of Division of Early Warning and Assesment, UNEP (UNEP-DEWA) under presence of Mr. Kondo, Vice-Minister of the Ministryof the Environment, Japan, Mr. Suginaka, Director of Global Environment Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and Ms. Kada, Governor of Shiga Prefecture, and Prof. Nakamura, Chairperson of the ILEC Scientific Committee. In August 2016,we updated MOU to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals