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 were listed below. Clicking on each conference name will lead you to the individual archived page.

2016 WLC16

Bali, Indonesia

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

  • Ministry of environment and forestry, Indonesia
  • 1,064 attendee 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 attendee from 45 countries

2011 WLC14

Austin TX, USA

 

Lakes, rivers, groundwater and coastal areas: Understanding linkages

  • Texas State University
  • 492 attendee from 36 countries

2009 WLC13

Wuhan, China

 

Lake ecosystems restoration: Global challenges and the Chinese Initiative

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

2007 WLC12

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

 

Conserving lakes and wetlands for future

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  • 600 attendee 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 attendee from 47 countries

2003 WLC10

Chicago IL, USA

 

Global threats to large lakes

  • IAGLR
  • 700 attendee from 36 countries

2001 WLC09

Otsu, Shiga, Japan

 

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

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

1999 WLC08

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Sustainable Lake Management

  • Copenhagen City
  • 487 attendee from 60 countries

1997 WLC07

Sanmartin de Los Andes City, Argentina

 

Keep the natural lake environment clean for future generations

  • INA
  • 500 attendee from 36 countries

1995 WLC06

Tsukuba & Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki, Japan

 

Harmonizing human life with lakes toward the sustainable use of lakes

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

1993 WLC05

Stresa, Piedmont, Italy

 

Strategies for lake ecosystems beyond 2000

  • Institute of Hydrobiology
  • 357 attendee from 43 countries

1990 WLC04

Hangzhou City, China

 

Eutrophication of lakes

  • Academy of Environmental Science
  • 422 attendee from 31 countries

1988 WLC03

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 attendee from 31 countries

1986 WLC02

Macknac Island, Michigan, USA

 

Water contamination by toxic substances of large lakes in the world

  • Government of Michigan State
  • 400 attendee from 42 countries

1984 LECS 1984

Otsu, Shiga, Japan

 

Toward a more harmonious inter-relationship between man and lakes

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