The history of the World Lake Conference (WLC) dates back to the Shiga Conference on Conservation and Management of World Lake Environment of 1984, known as LECS’84, which was held on the shore of Lake Biwa, Japan. The aim of the LECS’ 84, which was to contribute to promoting scientific approaches in the world lake basin management, has been inherited to the World Lake Conferences held in various parts of the world including USA, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Japan.

Today, the Conference is globally recognized as a place for multi-sectoral participants (i.e., academia, government, citizens, NGOs and enterprises) to exchange their views and experiences on the sustainable management of lakes and their basins.

The past WLCs are listed below. Clicking on each conference name will lead you to the individual archived page.

2018 WLC17

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Harmonious Coexistence of Humans and Lakes -Toward Sustainable Ecosystem Services-

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Government, The International Lake Environment Committee Foundation
  • Approximately 5,500 participants from 50 countries

2016 WLC16

Bali, Indonesia

Lake ecosystem health and its resilience: Diversity and risks of extinction

  • Ministry of environment and forestry, Indonesia
  • 1,064 participants from 35 countries

2014 WLC15

Perugia Umbria, Italy

Lakes, the mirrors of the earth: Balancing ecosystem integrity and human wellbeing

  • Umbria Scientific Meeting Association (USMA)
  • 791 participants from 45 countries

2011 WLC14

Austin TX, USA


Lakes, rivers, groundwater and coastal areas: Understanding linkages

  • Texas State University
  • 492 participants from 36 countries

2009 WLC13

Wuhan, China


Lake ecosystems restoration: Global challenges and the Chinese Initiative

  • Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences (CSES)
  • 1,500 participants from 45 countries

2007 WLC12

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India


Conserving lakes and wetlands for future

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  • 600 participants from 59 countries

2005 WLC11

Nairobi, Kenya


Management of Lake Basins for their Sustainable Use: Global Experiences and African Issues

  • Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya
  • 770 participants from 47 countries

2003 WLC10

Chicago IL, USA


Global threats to large lakes

  • 700 participants from 36 countries

2001 WLC9

Otsu, Shiga, Japan


Partnership for sustainable life in lake environments: Making global freshwater mandates work

  • Government of Shiga Prefecture
  • 3,617 participants from 75 countries

1999 WLC8

Copenhagen, Denmark


Sustainable Lake Management

  • Copenhagen City
  • 487 participants from 60 countries

1997 WLC7

Sanmartin de Los Andes City, Argentina


Keep the natural lake environment clean for future generations

  • INA
  • 500 participants from 36 countries

1995 WLC6

Tsukuba & Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki, Japan


Harmonizing human life with lakes toward the sustainable use of lakes

  • Government of Ibaraki Prefecture
  • 8,203 participants from 75 countries

1993 WLC5

Stresa, Piedmont, Italy


Strategies for lake ecosystems beyond 2000

  • Institute of Hydrobiology
  • 357 participants from 43 countries

1990 WLC4

Hangzhou City, China


Eutrophication of lakes

  • Academy of Environmental Science
  • 422 participants from 31 countries

1988 WLC3

Kesthey City, Hungary


Environmental Issues on lakes such as eutrophication, acidification, toxic substances, modeling, approaches to rehabilitation and roles of stakeholders

  • Ministry of Environment and Water Resource
  • 230 participants from 31 countries

1986 WLC2

Macknac Island, Michigan, USA


Water contamination by toxic substances of large lakes in the world

  • Government of Michigan State
  • 400 participants from 42 countries

1984 LECS ’84 (WLC1)

Otsu, Shiga, Japan


Toward a more harmonious inter-relationship between man and lakes

  • Government of Michigan State
  • 2,412 participants from 29 countries